Cardinals’ search continues with Bevell interview

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona
Cardinals interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Wednesday and plan to talk to the Indianapolis Colts’ Bruce Arians.

Bevell was interviewed at Cardinals headquarters. He was the fifth known candidate to interview for the job vacated when the team fired Ken Whisenhunt the day after the season ended.

It wasn’t known when the Arians interview would be held, but that news, first reported by NFL.com and confirmed by The Associated Press, indicates Arizona’s search will go on a few more days, at least.

Of the others who interviewed with the Cardinals, one is off the market. Mike McCoy, Denver’s offensive coordinator, took the head coaching job in San Diego earlier this week.

Panthers

GM Gettleman faces tough decisions: In Charlotte, N.C., Dave Gettleman got his dream job. Now comes the tough part.

Carolina’s new general manager will spend the next few weeks evaluating the Panthers’ roster in depth and finding ways to trim at least $16 million of fat from the team’s salary cap.

The 61-year-old Gettleman, who joined the Panthers from the New York Giants last week, inherited a team that currently has $136 million committed to 2013 salaries, significantly over the NFL’s projected salary cap of $120 million per team.

That means Gettleman faces tough decisions in regard to big-ticket players like cornerback Chris Gamble, linebacker Jon Beason, running back DeAngelo Williams and offensive tackle Jordan Gross, as well as several mid-range salary players like offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner, safety Haruki Nakamura and defensive tackle Ron Edwards.

Browns

TEAM FILLS FRONT OFFICE: In Cleveland, the Browns hired a pair of executive vice presidents Wednesday, filling out their front office under new owner Jimmy Haslam.

Sashi Brown was hired as executive VP and general counsel. Brent Stehlik will be an executive VP and chief revenue officer.

Brown spent the past eight seasons as general counsel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His duties included negotiating contracts, licensing issues and litigation. He was an attorney with a Washington, D.C.-based law firm before joining the Jaguars.

Stehlik was with the San Diego Padres the past three seasons, serving as senior vice president for business operations. He’ll be in charge of generating revenue and working with clients. Stehlik also has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chiefs

Reid hires Heck to coach offensive line: In Kansas City, Mo., Andy Reid is putting the final touches on his first coaching staff in Kansas City, hiring former Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck to fulfill the same duty with the Chiefs.

Reid also announced Wednesday that Kevin O’Dea will be an assistant special teams coach.

Heck will work closely with Reid, who intends to call plays in Kansas City, and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Heck has spent the past nine seasons working with the offensive line in Jacksonville.

Heck played 12 seasons in the NFL for Washington, Chicago and Seattle.

O’Dea will be reunited with Dave Toub, who was hired as the Chiefs’ special teams coach on Tuesday. O’Dea worked with Toub for four years in Chicago.