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Browns Fire Longtime Player Development Director Jerry Butler

Zac Jackson of FOX Sports Ohio reports the Browns have cut ties with longtime player development director and former assistant coach Jerry Butler, two sources have confirmed.

The move is a surprising one given Butler’s longevity with the team and in the league and the respect he’s earned in NFL circles. The Browns made some confirmed cuts on the business side of their operations earlier in the offseason but have not laid off employees or cut wages due to the NFL lockout.

Butler, whose nine-year NFL playing career included being named AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Bills in 1979, served as the Browns’ wide receivers coach in 1999 and 2000 under then-coach Chris Palmer. He moved into his role as director of player Development the following year.

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