The Washington Times - January 10, 2014, 02:54PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interviewing Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Morocco Brown for their vacant general manager opening on Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Brown has played an instrumental role in the Redskins’ talent evaluation process since arriving in Washington prior to the 2008 season. Not only does Brown coordinate the team’s advance scouting efforts, but he also is responsible for evaluating free agents throughout the season.


He interviewed last year for the Arizona Cardinals’ vacant general manager opening, though he was bypassed for Steve Keim, who was the Cardinals’ vice president of player personnel at the time.

The Buccaneers recently hired Lovie Smith as their coach and reportedly gave him authority over personnel matters. They fired coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik after the season ended.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen has maintained that the entire personnel department will see its role expand following the Dec. 30 firing of coach Mike Shanahan, who had the final word on player acquisition.

Allen, who does not have a strong scouting background, reiterated at the introductory press conference for coach Jay Gruden on Thursday that he would have responsibility over personnel decisions.

Assuming the Redskins would like to retain Brown, it’s plausible Allen could be promoted to the role of team president while Brown would assume Allen’s title of general manager.

NFL Network was the first to report the Buccaneers’ interest in Brown on Friday afternoon.