Baltimore Ravens' scout joins Browns

OWINGS MILLS – T.J. McCreight, the Ravens' national scout for the past two years, has joined the Cleveland Browns' personnel department, Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed Friday.

A native of Willoughby, Ohio, McCreight will work under Browns general manager Phil Savage, the former Ravens' director of player personnel.

McCreight attended the Browns' minicamp last weekend and has been rumored to be headed to Cleveland since Savage took the Browns' top personnel job earlier this year.

The Browns made no official announcement regarding McCreight or Ravens personnel assistant Chisom Opara, who is also expected to join Savage in Cleveland.

Savage didn't return a telephone call seeking comment.

The Ravens are likely to promote from within and shuffle some of their area scouts' responsibilities. They are also in the process of interviewing potential scouting candidates and won't make an announcement until their staff is finalized, Newsome said.

Typically, scouts change teams after the draft when contracts expire.

The Ravens have had 10 Pro Bowl selections, all draft picks, in their first nine drafts since their inaugural season in 1996.

One of McCreight's strongest recommendations was future Pro Bowl running back Jamal Lewis after observing a strong campus workout at the University of Tennessee. The Ravens selected Lewis with the fifth overall pick of the 2000 draft, and he gained 2,000 rushing yards two seasons ago.

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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