The Browns have hired former tight end Aaron Shea as their new director of player engagement, a team spokesman said today. Although Shea's title is different, he will fill the same role Jerry Butler had before he was dismissed in May as the team's director of player development.
Shea, 34, spent the past three seasons working for the Browns as a sales associate in suite operations. In his new job, Shea will help players transition into and out of the NFL by administering educational programs and services designed to guide them off the field.
Shea was selected by the Browns in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played for them for six seasons.
After signing with the San Diego Chargers, Shea spent the 2006 season on injured reserve and eventually retired because of back problems. He finished his career with 97 catches for 851 yards and seven touchdowns.