Free-agent offensive tackle Winston Justice did not visit the Browns on Wednesday, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team doesn’t publicize such information.
On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Justice would visit the Browns on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 317-pound Justice, a right tackle, started all 12 games in which he appeared last season with the Indianapolis Colts. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Justice, 28, in the second round (No. 39 overall) in 2006, and he spent his first six NFL seasons with them. He has started 43 of the 59 games in which he has appeared.
The Browns continued to shake up their player personnel and scouting departments Wednesday.
The new regime fired director of college scouting John Spytek and pro scouts A.J. Durso and Tom Headlee, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. All three were still under contract when they were let go.
Spytek spent the past three seasons with the Browns. He was one of the top lieutenants of former General Manager Tom Heckert, who was fired along with coach Pat Shurmur at the end of the 2012 season. Before joining the Browns, Spytek worked with Heckert for five seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel staff.
Durso and Headlee also had been with the Browns since 2010. They both worked with ex-Browns President Mike Holmgren during his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks and eventually followed him to Cleveland.
Director of player personnel Jon Sandusky has not left the Browns, the source confirmed. Sandusky is under contract for another year.
With the NFL Draft finished and new General Manager Mike Lombardi in place, it is not shocking that the organization’s personnel and scouting departments are undergoing changes.
Earlier this week, the Browns parted ways with senior national scout Pat Roberts, whose contract had expired. And college area scout Bob Welton left the Browns before the draft to become the University of Tennessee football program’s director of player personnel.
Pilot J names investigator
Brad Martin, the newly appointed interim president of the University of Memphis who once hired Gov. Bill Haslam as an executive at Saks Inc., has been named by Pilot Flying J to oversee an internal investigation into FBI allegations of fraudulent business practices involving rebates to trucking customers.
Martin is a board member of Knoxville-based Pilot, a private company owned mostly by Haslam family members. The country’s largest diesel fuel retailer is run by CEO Jimmy Haslam, the governor’s brother and owner of the Browns.
Bill Haslam was president of Pilot when he was hired by Martin in 1999 to start up online retail operations for Saks in New York.
Pilot also hired attorney Reid Weingarten, who specializes in white collar and political cases, to manage the probe.