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Personnel department taking shape

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 20, 2010

Four men hired to the Browns' personnel department Wednesday have ties to the Seattle Seahawks or the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Browns announced the additions of player personnel director Jon Sandusky, director of pro personnel Keith Gilbertson, personnel executive John Spytek and pro scout A.J. Durso. All either worked with new Browns president Mike Holmgren in Seattle or new general manager Tom Heckert in Philadelphia.

A native of State College, Pa. and the son of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, Jon Sandusky spent the past nine seasons with Eagles, the last two as director of pro personnel. He joined the organization as an intern in the personnel department in 2001, then was hired as a pro scout.

Gilbertson, who brings more than 30 years of coaching experience, worked under Holmgren in Seattle in 2005-08 as offensive consultant, offensive line coach and receivers coach. He also coached for the Seahawks from 1996-98 and with the USFL's L.A. Express in 1983-85, whose 1984 team included future Browns running back Kevin Mack. Gilbertson's college coaching resume includes stints at Utah State, Idaho, Washington and Cal-Berkeley.

Spytek spent the previous five seasons with Heckert in Philadelphia, the last three as a college and pro scout. He also got his start as an intern with the Detroit Lions in 2004 and with the Eagles' pro personnel department in 2005. Spytek played linebacker at the University of Michigan.

Durso worked for the Seahawks from 2006-09, serving as an assistant to Holmgren for three years and as an offensive assistant last season. A member of the baseball team at the SUNY Institute of Technology, Durso was an intern in Seattle's operations department in 2005.

Seahawks' CEO Tod Leiweke told that director of pro personnel Will Lewis, who interviewed for the Browns' GM job, will remain in Seattle.

The Browns also signed free agent defensive back Chris Roberson, a seventh-round pick of Jacksonville in 2005 out of Eastern Michigan who spent the last four weeks of the 2009 season on the Eagles' practice squad.


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