Browns agree to terms with rookie DB Desir, add exec to front office

By Tom Withers | Associated Press Published:

By Tom Withers | Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Browns have agreed to contract terms with rookie defensive back Pierre Desir, the fourth-round pick in last month's NFL draft.

Financial terms of Desir's deal were not immediately available. He's the first of Cleveland's six drafted players to reach an agreement.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder was taken with the No. 127 overall pick out of Linwood. Desir, who emigrated to the U.S. from Haiti when he was 4, intercepted 25 passes in college. He was named the inaugural winner of the Cliff Harris Award, honoring the nation's top small-college defensive player.

Desir played cornerback, but the Browns have considered trying him at safety. The team likes his size, speed and ball-hawking skills. He's expected to make an immediate impact on special teams.

Browns add Morocco Brown to front office

CLEVELAND -- The Browns have hired Morocco Brown to serve as their vice president of player personnel.

Brown spent the past six seasons as director of pro personnel for the Redskins. With Washington, he was responsible for coordinating advance scouting, participated in draft preparation and evaluated all professional leagues for potential free agents and trade prospects. He was instrumental in signing wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who led the NFL in receptions in 2013.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer called Brown "a tireless worker ... a young, vibrant thinker, a detail-oriented, direct communicator who isn't restricted to operating under antiquated methods."

Brown also worked in Chicago's front office from 2001-07.

He played at North Carolina State, where he was a captain as a senior. He entered the pros as a scouting intern with Indianapolis in 2000.

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