In their seemingly endless quest to revamp their coaching staff, The OBR has learned that the Cleveland Browns have interviewed Larry Kirksey for the vacant wide receivers coach position.
Kirksey is currently the assistant head coach/running backs coach at Middle Tennessee, but he has extensive NFL experience. The 55-year-old coached the 49er receivers from 1994 to 1999, and he held the same position in Detroit (2001 and 2002) and Jacksonville (2003) before moving back to the college game.
Kirksey would replace Terry Robiskie, who spent six seasons in Cleveland dragging down the talent of the receivers in his charge and is currently seeking to work that same kind of magic with another NFL team.
Current (soon-to-be-former?) Browns assistant head coach/offensive line coach Jeff Davidson will interview for a position on new Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt's staff, The OBR has learned.
The Cardinals asked for, and were granted, permission to speak to Davidson for either a position as the OL coach or as an OC.
Davidson interviewed for the Browns OC position but, at the time, The OBR was told that it was simply a "courtesy" interview and that Davidson was a "last-resort" sort of option.
With the Browns officially announcing the hiring of Rob Chudzinski as their new OC, it is highly unlikely that Davidson--who is rumored to be agitated over his perceived treatment by the Browns--will return to Cleveland in any capacity.
While the minds of Browns fans are on acquiring Eric Steinbach in free agency, the Browns may have their eyes set a little bit further west. A league source tells The OBR that the Browns are "very high" on San Diego Chargers left guard Kris Dielman and will make a serious push for the offensive lineman. Dielman, who is widely considered to be San Diego's top lineman, will likely command a contract in the $5-$6 million a year range. That price, the source said, will not cause the Browns to shy away. There is also the possibility that Dielman re-signs with the Chargers, but, after acrimonious negotiations were halted in mid-November, that appears unlikely.
Bills are also interested in upgrading their offensive line via free agency and could make a play for both Steinbach and Dielman.
According to one of our spies at the East-West Shrine practices, an unnamed Browns scout spent an inordinate amount of time talking to Alabama defensive lineman Jeremy Clark earlier this week. The 6'3", 310-pounder--the player, not the scout--is viewed as a third- or fourth-round draft pick and could play defensive end in a 3-4 after spending the majority of his Tide career as a 4-3 tackle.
A report out of Nashville earlier this week mentioned Phil Savage as a potential successor to Floyd Reese, who "resigned" last week as the Titans' general manager. OK, for the umpteenth time, Savage has no interest in the Tennessee job. Or any other job for that matter. The media can feel free to move on to another story because "Savage leaving Cleveland" is not a headline you'll see for the foreseeable future.
The salaries for the two-year contract extension signed by offensive tackle Kelly Butler last week are $510,000 (2007) and $605,000 (2008).
Former Browns strength and conditioning coach John Lott, let go earlier this year in the after-the-season staff purge, was hired for the same position on Whisenhunt's Arizona staff.