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Source: Browns to Hire Bill Kuharich

Following a six-year hiatus, former New Orleans Saints executive Bill Kuharich is about to re-enter the NFL race.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cleveland Browns are hiring Kuharich as an assistant to General Manager Ray Farmer, whom Kuharich worked with while serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kuharich worked for the Saints under Tom Benson from 1986-1999 (14 years), serving as the Director of Player Personnel from 1986-1993 before being named Vice President of Football Operations from 1994-1995, following the death of Jim Finks. Kuharich was elevated to Executive Vice President/General Manager in 1996 and served as team President/General Manager/Chief Operating Officer from 1997-1999.

He started his career in professional football with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League, working with head coach Jim Mora, who helped facilitate Kuharich coming to New Orleans when he was hired as head coach of the Saints by Tom Benson prior to the 1986 season.

After being dismissed by Benson, along with Mike Ditka as head coach following the 1999 season, Kuharich landed on his feet as the Director of Pro Personnel with the Chiefs under owner Lamar Hunt. He was promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2006, where he served through 2008.


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