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Browns don't renew contract of senior national scout

Apr 29, 2013 -- 5:58pm

By Tony Grossi |


The shakeup of the Browns’ scouting department has begun.

According to three sources, the Browns have parted ways with Pat Roberts, the clubs’s senior national scout. His contract is up and the Browns will not renew it, sources said. ESPNCleveland’s Bruce Hooley broke the story Monday afternoon on Twitter, and then reported it on “The Hooligans” on 850 WKNR.

Roberts had been with the Browns eight years, the last three as the team’s senior scout. Roberts was hired as a national scout by former General Manager Phil Savage in 2005. He survived three management regimes.

Prior to joining the Browns, Roberts worked seven years in the Chicago Bears' scouting department in various roles.

A source told Hooley that Roberts was told by the club not to attend the draft last weekend. Another source told ESPN Cleveland that “a handful of personnel people” also were told not to attend the draft. They are expected to be let go, also. ESPN Cleveland has not confirmed their names.

An upheaval was not unexpected. A source told Hooley that the Browns’ scouts were not permitted to participate in the team’s last round of meetings leading up to the draft.

Bob Welton, a college scout for nine years with the Browns, left the club before the draft to accept a position at the University of Tennessee.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to

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