Broncos to fill director of pro personnel job with former Browns GM
POSTED: 05/06/2013 09:33:06 PM MDT
UPDATED: 05/06/2013 10:41:06 PM MDTBy Mike Klis
The Denver Post
John Elway executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos talks about the teams needs and preparation for the NFL draft at Dove Valley in Centennial April 22, 2013 Denver, Colo. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
The Broncos are going big with their pro personnel department.
The team is expected to announce this week the hiring of Tom Heckert as the replacement to Keith Kidd as director of pro personnel.
Heckert reached the level of general manager with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2006-09 and the Cleveland Browns from 2010-12.
The Eagles were 38-25-1 in the four seasons Heckert oversaw the front office. One of Heckert's top scouts was Matt Russell, who is now the Broncos' director of player personnel.
The Browns were a mess before Heckert arrived and they remain that way. They were 14-34 in Heckert's three years in Cleveland although president Mike Holmgren had final-say authority.
Heckert has 22 years of NFL front office experience. His first 10 seasons were with the Miami Dolphins. He then became the Eagles' director of pro personnel in 2001, which coincided with the Philadelphia reaching the NFC conference championship the next four consecutive seasons.
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