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Cowboys assistant Jerome Henderson interviewing for Browns head coaching job

Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson, right, will interview with the Browns for their head coaching vacancy later this week.
Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson, right, will interview with the Browns for their head coaching vacancy later this week. Star-Telegram

Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson will interview with the Cleveland Browns for their head coaching opening later this week, sources confirmed Wednesday.

Henderson spent three seasons as the secondary coach in Cleveland, from 2009-11, before following Rob Ryan to Dallas. Henderson, 46, has been with the Cowboys for four seasons under three defensive coordinators. His contract is expiring with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys pass defense ranked 19th, 30th, 26th before ascending to fifth this year despite losing starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick in training camp. However, cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne failed to record an interception.

The Cowboys’ cornerback position could undergo a makeover in the offseason with Claiborne a free agent and Carr possibly a salary-cap casualty.

Henderson played defensive back in the NFL for eight seasons before going into private business. He returned to the league in 2006 as the Jets director of player development and began his coaching career a year later with the Jets.

The Browns have a long list of candidates to interview in their effort to replace Mike Pettine, who was fired Sunday. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team will interview New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

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