We learned last month that Cleveland's protracted coaching search included not only a run at Jim Harbaugh but fireside chats with Bill Parcells.

On Thursday, the Hall of Fame coach told NFL Media's Gil Brandt that he's currently operating as a courtesy consultant for the Browns.

It's unclear if Parcells is being paid by the team, but Brandt also learned that the two-time Super Bowl winner recently sat down with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in Florida for more than four hours. Parcells said he came away impressed with the draft prospect's humility and football knowledge, telling Brandt that Bridgewater presented himself as a well-spoken and secure young man.

Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed this week that the team declined to interview Johnny Manziel or any quarterback at the combine. That means very little considering that Cleveland has plenty of time to fly passers in for a visit, but it sounds as if Parcells is already getting that work underway.