The Browns named Dr. Jamil Northcutt their new director of player engagement today.
Northcutt spent the past six years as assistant athletics director for internal operations at the University of Mississippi. He also was the Kansas City Chiefs’ player development coordinator from 2005-08.
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer was the Chiefs’ director of pro personnel from 2006-12, so he worked with Northcutt in Kansas City.
“Jamil has no dearth of knowledge,” Farmer said. “His role is to support our players, so he’s a very important hire. 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 the kind of person we want representing our organization. He’s an all-around Browns fit. The core of the man is excellence.”
Northcutt played football at Ole Miss and has three degrees from the university. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2003 and his master's in higher education and administration in December 2004. He completed his doctorate in higher education (administration) in August 2013.
“I’m truly excited about joining the Browns organization,” Northcutt said. “I am very thankful to [owner Jimmy] Haslam [and his] family, Ray Farmer and [coach] Mike Pettine for trusting me with this opportunity. I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the organization. Most importantly, 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.”
Former Browns tight end Aaron Shea spent the past three years as the organization’s director of player engagement. He was fired last month.