Atlanta's McKay to interview with Browns

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

One of the more interesting behind-the-scenes stories of this season in Atlanta is that of Falcons president Rich McKay.

Stripped of his general manager duties after last season, McKay has played the good soldier as he's taken over most of the team's business operations. By all indications, McKay still has a lot more power in the organization than a lot of people realize and has worked very peacefully with new general manager Thomas Dimitroff. McKay has continued to manage the salary cap and oversee contract negotiations.

But a lot of people around the league have been wondering how long McKay could stay happy in that role. Now, it looks like McKay may get a chance to jump fully back into the football side of things -- elsewhere.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Falcons owner Arthur Blank has granted McKay permission to interview with the Cleveland Browns, who fired Phil Savage. Although McKay has had his share of ups and downs as a general manager in Atlanta and Tampa Bay, he does have a reputation as a builder and is very well respected around the league.

Even if nothing comes of the Cleveland interview, don't be surprised if McKay's name comes up in connection with some other jobs around the league, including some that haven't opened yet.