by Aaron Wilson
June 23, 02014
The Cleveland Browns continue to bolster their personnel department.
They hired Charles Bailey, Bobby DePaul, Mike Hagen, Ron Hill and James Kirland as senior personnel associates and Scott Aligo as a player personnel associate.
Sam DeLuca and Harrison Ritcher were promoted to player personnel associates, and theypromoted Colton Chapple to BLESTO scout.
“Assembling this group is an important step for our team,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “These individuals operate out of the spotlight, but their work is critical to our success. And contrary to what some may think, scouts work 12 months out of the year. Their families sacrifice a lot, and I appreciate all the days scouts spend away from home. Our simple philosophy is to identify and acquire players who can return winning football to our loyal fans. We’re committed to building our roster through the draft, developing that talent once it’s here, and retaining it. Each of these people is central in that process.”
Other announcements include: Brian Decker (player personnel strategist), Brendan Donovan (research specialist, college), Frank Edgerly (senior pro scout), Ken Kovash (director of football research and player personnel assistant), Deb Kruszynski (executive assistant), Jon Sandusky (director of player personnel) and Dan Saganey (pro scout) join college area scouts Zac Bocian, Patrick Moore, Chisom Opara and Bobby Vega.
Bailey is a former Jacksonville Jaguars pro personnel director, a former Pittsburgh Steelers pro personnel coordinator and a former vvice president of football operations and assistant general manager of the New Orleans Saints.
DePaul has worked for the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears. He was a pro personnel director for the Bears.
Hill worked for the NFL most recently as vice president of football operations. He was director of pro personnel with the Jacksonville Jaguars and vice president of football operations and player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun