On Monday, ESPN.com NFL Nation reporter Pat McManamon reported that the Browns have asked for permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their vacant head coaching position.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked Tuesday whether the team has granted McDaniels permission to interview, but the coach deferred on an answer.
"I'm not going to get into any of that. The procedures are in place with the league, so forth and so, any comments on that I don't think are appropriate," he said.
McDaniels was a subject of speculation surrounding the Browns' vacant head coaching position last offseason as well, though he remained with the Patriots.
There are currently six head coaching jobs left to fill in the NFL.