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Oakland Raiders Ex-Public Relations Director Zak Gilbert Hired by the Cleveland Browns

Former Public Relations Director Zak Gilbert has found a new home in Cleveland, Ohio.  NFL.com and PFT.com reported that Gilbert has been hired by the Cleveland Browns to fill the Vice President of Communications position.

Mark Davis had fired Gilbert due to a story that was released by Sports Illustrated.  The story portrayed the late Al Davis and Mark Davis in a poor manner, according to Mark Davis.  Apparently, the article had favored Reggie McKenzie, but due to the fact that it shed a negative light on Mark Davis, he let Gilbert go.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, the Cleveland Browns had opted to part ways with former Public Relations Director Neal Gulkis before Gilbert became available.  Apparently, the Cleveland Browns really need Gilbert’s skills.

Cleveland Browns CEO said in a statement issued by the team, “We are thrilled to add someone with Zak’s skills and background to lead our communications department.  He brings nearly 20 years of expertise on both the collegiate and professional level.  We are happy to welcome him to the Browns organization.”

Truth be told, the Cleveland Browns need Gilbert.  A Federal Investigation is creeping up the ladder at Pilot Flying J, the truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.  The Browns will need Gilbert to provide the media with some positive information about the team in order to take the focus away from the investigation.  This is a stability the Browns wish to achieve.  The kind of stability they haven’t had since returning to the National Football league in 1999.

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