September 18, 2014

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Browns hire Morocco Brown as VP of player personnel

General manager Ray Farmer has his right-hand man.

Morocco Brown was hired as vice president of player personnel, the team announced Thursday. His arrival was reported last week.

“The Browns are better today because we’ve added an exceptional evaluator of talent,” Farmer said in a statement. “In Morocco, we’re getting a tireless worker who is clearly ready for this role, as he’s had multiple GM interviews. I like that he’s a former player that knows the culture of a locker room, and I like that he knows how to grow talent at the NFL level.”

Brown spent the past six seasons as the director of pro personnel for the Redskins. He was responsible for coordinating the advance scouting of opponents, participated in the draft meetings and evaluated all professional leagues.

“This is a young, vibrant thinker, a detail-oriented, direct communicator who isn’t restricted to operating under antiquated methods,” Farmer said. “He’ll not only achieve his personal goals, but also will help improve our group and our system. Most importantly, he understands the daily fight, what we need to accomplish in order to identify and acquire the players we need to bring championships to Cleveland.”

Farmer, who took over as general manager in February, has started to reshape the front office. He promoted longtime colleague Bill Kuharich from draft consultant to executive chief of staff last week.

Brown previously worked for seven seasons (2001-07) for the Bears as assistant director of pro personnel before joining the Redskins.

He played at North Carolina State, leading the team in tackles three straight seasons. He played against Farmer, who went to Duke.

Desir signed

Rookie cornerback Pierre Desir agreed to terms on a contract, the team announced. He’s the first of the draft picks to sign.

Desir (6-foot-2, 206 pounds) was a fourth-round pick (No. 127 overall). He played two years at Washburn before playing two seasons at Lindenwood. In 44 games, he had 25 interceptions, 172 tackles, 27 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks.

He was born in Haiti, and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 4.

Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7253 or spetrak@chroniclet.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @scottpetrak.

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