BEREA — The Browns dipped into the college ranks for their latest front office hire.
FormerUniversity of Mississippi linebacker and assistant athletic director Jamil Northcutt has been hired as Cleveland’s director of player engagement.
Northcutt, who spent the last six years as the Rebels’ assistant AD for internal operations, will work with players on a daily basis in a non-coaching role. He replaces ex-Browns tight end Aaron Shea, who was fired in March after three seasons in the position.
“My desire is to have a positive impact on our players and help them reach their full potential, on and off the field, and find their purpose in life,” said Northcutt, who earned Southeastern Conference academic honor roll status from 1999-2003. “I am very thankful to the Haslam family, (general manager) Ray Farmer and (coach) Mike Pettine for trusting me with this opportunity. I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the organization.”
Farmer has first-hand experience working with Northcutt, who spent the 2005-08 NFL seasons as Kansas City’s player development coordinator, which is essentially the same job he will have in Cleveland.
“Jamil is the kind of person we want representing our organization,” said Farmer, who served as the Chiefs’ pro personnel director for seven years. “Not only does he bring experience in the field of NFL player engagement, he’s also going to be a very positive influence in our community.
“He’s an all-around Browns fit. The core of the man is excellence.”
Northcutt earned three degrees at Mississippi — bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate — and studied with his wife Kimberly at the school. They were married in July 2006 and have a son, Kellen, and daughter, Laylah.
During his four-year playing career with the Rebels, the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder made four bowl appearances and earned the program’s Chucky Mullins Courage Award as a senior. He was awarded the SEC Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship in 2003.
Northcutt later worked for the SEC in its championships, sports administration and marketing departments before joining the Chiefs.
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