The Browns reached agreements to hire Todd Monken as their offensive coordinator and Steve Wilks as their defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the moves confirmed for the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com Sunday night.

The organization is expected to announce the additions to the staff of coach Freddie Kitchens on Monday morning.

James Campen will also be named the associate head coach/offensive line coach of the Browns, the person confirmed.

Kitchens is widely expected to call the offense's plays because he thrived in the role during the final eight games of the 2018 regular season, but he'll have a chance to explain his plans for himself and his staff when he's introduced as head coach during a news conference at noon Monday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Monken, 52, spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he didn't call the plays until last year.

Like Kitchens, Monken capitalized on his opportunity to steer the ship.

The Bucs finished the season ranked third in the NFL in yards (415.5) and 12th in points (24.8) per game. They were first in passing (320.3 yards per game) and 29th in rushing (95.2 yards per game).

Coach Dirk Koetter took the play-calling duties from Monken in Week 10, and the Bucs fell 16-3 to Washington. Monken resumed play-calling duties the next week, and held them for 15 of 16 games. Koetter was fired after the season before becoming the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bucs were Monken's second employer in the NFL. He previously coached receivers for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-10), but the bulk of his resume was built in the college ranks. His most high-profile collegiate jobs were head coach at Southern Mississippi (2013-15), where he went 13-25, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State (2011-12) and passing game coordinator/receivers coach at LSU (2005-06) and Oklahoma State (2002-04).

Monken had received plenty of attention since the regular season ended. He reportedly interviewed with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers for their head coaching gigs and the Jaguars, Packers and Detroit Lions for their offensive coordinator jobs.

The hiring of Wilks, 49, should come as no surprise because he reportedly began working toward an agreement with the Browns on Friday, the same day he interviewed for the defensive coordinator job at team headquarters in Berea.

He'll replace Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator of the Browns the past two seasons who went 5-3 as their interim coach while Kitchens caught fire as their offensive coordinator.

The Arizona Cardinals recently fired Wilks after he went 3-13 in his lone season as their head coach.

Wilks has one season of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator. He held the job with the Carolina Panthers in 2017, when they ranked seventh in the league in yards allowed (317.1) per game and tied for 10th in points surrendered (20.4) a game. They were 18th against the pass (229.1 yards allowed per game) and third against the run (88.1 yards allowed per game).

Wilks used a 4-3 base defense, which is what the Browns employed under Williams.

After several stops at the college level, Wilks coached defensive backs for four NFL teams: Washington (2005), Chicago Bears (2006-08), San Diego Chargers (2009-11) and Panthers (2012-16).

Campen is the replacement for Bob Wylie, the Browns' offensive line coach the past two seasons who became a "Hard Knocks" sensation last summer.

Campen spent the past 15 seasons coaching the Packers and became their longest-tenured assistant. He worked with Browns General Manager John Dorsey for nine seasons when the latter was in the player personnel department of the Packers.

A 54-year-old former Packers center, Campen held the title of offensive line coach for 11 seasons before being promoted last year to run game coordinator/offensive line coach. He has helped six linemen earn Pro Bowl recognition since 2010.

On Friday, former Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer announced in a statement issued to NFL Network he agreed to join the Browns in the same role.

So Monken, Wilks and Priefer will be Kitchens' coordinators, Campen will have a prominent role and several other assistants will be added as well.

Former Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell will join the Browns in the same capacity, and former Jets player personnel intern Tyler Tettleton will head to Cleveland as an offensive quality control coach, according to reports.

 

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his Browns coverage at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.