The Cleveland Browns are "very interested" in interviewing Auburn Tigers first-year coach Gus Malzahn for the franchise's vacant head coaching job, according to

The Browns fired first-season coach Rob Chudzinski the weekend before the NFL's infamous "Black Monday." Chudzinski led the Browns to a 4-12 record, finishing last in the AFC North. 

Reporter Jason La Canfora cited unidentified sources saying Malzahn is a candidate "who has most captured the imagination" of the Browns. Cleveland will also interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. 

Malzahn, who led Auburn to an SEC Championship victory and a berth in the BCS title game, denied reports that he was interested in the vacant Texas head coaching position when it opened. He has labeled Auburn his "dream job" multiple times and agreed to a five-year deal worth almost $27 million before the Tigers played Missouri for the SEC title. 

"I'm a good fit for the Auburn Tigers," Malzahn said Dec. 16. "Like I said before, I'm tickled to death to be here."