Kokinis returns to Ravens

OWINGS MILLS - In a move that had been anticipated since the NFL scouting combine, former Cleveland Browns general manager George Kokinis has rejoined the Baltimore Ravens' personnel department. Kokinis will hold the title of senior personnel assistant.

"It's good to have George back," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "He will help evaluate college and pro players, plus work with [vice president of football administration] Pat [Moriarty]. George knows the game, understands what it takes to win and he will help us find players who will help us win. He has done that before for us."

Kokinis was with the Ravens' personnel delegation at the scouting combine in February.

He was previously the Ravens' pro personnel director from 2003-08 before leaving to become the Browns' general manager. However, Kokinis and Browns coach Eric Mangini clashed about control over personnel matters and that led to Kokinis' ouster last season.

After Kokinis filed a grievance against the Browns, the NFL brokered a settlement in February over more than $4 million remaining on his five-year, $5 million contract. It's believed that Kokinis received at least half of the money left on the deal.

"The grievance filed by George Kokinis against the Cleveland Browns has been amicably resolved," the NFL announced in February. "The terms of the settlement are confidential. Mr. Kokinis and the Browns each wish the other future success."

Kokinis first joined the organization in 1991 after an internship in the original Browns' scouting department.

Meanwhile, the Ravens also promoted pro scout Mark Azevedo to area scout, assigning him to scout the Southeast, Southwest and the Midwest.

Azevedo has been with the Ravens since 2005 and was responsible for overseeing the team signing rookie free agents following the NFL draft.


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