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Pluto: Browns will use Ryan Grigson like a super scout

As originally suspected, the former Colts GM will not have a decision-making role in Cleveland.

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A source tells Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer that the Cleveland Browns will be using Ryan Grigson as a “super scout” in his new title of senior personnel executive:

The Browns plan to use Grigson almost like a super scout. He will look at pro and college players. He will even visit some colleges to research prospects. He spent his first 14 years in the NFL as a scout, and the Browns believe that is his strength.

This seems to fit the narrative we’ve heard and tried to paint so far with respect to Grigson’s hiring. As to why the Browns made the move now, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer noted a couple of days ago that Grigson would be replacing national scout Lake Dawson, who recently joined the Buffalo Bills as their assistant director of college scouting. And if we dig back to 2015, the title we originally reported Dawson having upon being hired was...“senior personnel associate.” That sounds a lot like the title Grigson has now.

Cleveland will probably take advantage of Grigson’s scouting background for a year so he stays in the game of football with someone he’s familiar with (Andrew Berry) before seeing if there is a greater opportunity for him a year from now.