The Cleveland Browns make several hires and promotions in the front office and scouting staff
Throw out your old Cleveland Browns front office org chart. Thursday saw several changes to the management and scouting staff under GM Andrew Berry.
The Browns hired seven new people into the football operations staff and also promoted or added new titles to 13 returning members, most of them on the scouting staff.
Among the new hires are a couple of expected names. Catherine Raiche is the new Assistant GM and Vice President of Football Operations. She comes from the Philadelphia Eagles and is the highest-ranking female in any NFL front office. Another ex-Eagles staffer, Shawn Heinlein, comes with Raiche to Cleveland. Heinlein is the new Southwest area scout for the Browns, a capacity he’s held with other teams for over 20 years.
The other new hires:
Hajriz Aliu – Scouting assistant
Chris Buford – National scout
Ryan Conway – Scouting assistant
Jimmy Raye – Senior Executive advisor
Cyrus Wolford – Scouting assistant
You might recognize Raye’s name. He has over 20 years of front office experience, including a stint as the Assistant GM of the Houston Texans when they drafted Deshaun Watson in 2017.
The shuffle of the existing employees includes promotions for seven members of the scouting department. In their new capacities:
Adam Al-Khayyal – Director of pro scouting
Zack Ayers – National scout
Josh Cox – West Coast area scout
Sam DeLuca – Assistant director of pro scouting
Matt Donahoe – Southeast area scout
Joe Dever – Mid-Atlantic scout
Max Paulus – Director of college scouting
Former Lions GM Bob Quinn moves from senior assistant to senior personnel/coaching executive, while Joy Tapajcik moves into the role of player personnel and football operations process manager. Shane Normandeau moves from scouting assistant to Football Operations coordinator.
Tyler Hamblin takes over as the director of Football Operations, moving up from the role inherited by Normandeau. Glenn Cook added Assistant GM to his title of VP of Player Personnel, while Callum Mahoney jumps into the role of salary cap and contract analyst.