View Full Version : Kokinis Finally signed!

01-26-2009, 03:21 AM
Well, its about time...been waiting for this all week. Just heard the news when I was out tonight, someone told me that he finally signed.

We have a GM now!

Lets talk strategy, we got the RAVENS down pat now. 2nd D in the league. We need to do that for the Brownies. Lets see how this is gonna play out.

I think that the Browns have a favorable schedule next year. Tighten up our defense, and we should be pretty solid.

Open for opinions

What does everyone think about the signing and the future of the Brownies in the near future?

01-26-2009, 03:27 AM
Browns announce hiring of Kokinis
The Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of George Kokinis as the club's general manager on Sunday evening.

Kokinis returns to the club where he started his NFL career with a total of 18 years of front office experience, including the last 13 years with the Baltimore Ravens and the last six as the club's director of pro personnel.

"The Browns are excited to bring George back to Cleveland where he began his NFL career," said Browns owner Randy Lerner. "He is a tireless worker that has spent his entire career evaluating talent and knows the type of player it takes to be successful in this league and in our division."

"I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the extraordinary opportunity," said Kokinis. "Cleveland is a football town and I look forward to working alongside Eric Mangini and the rest of the organization."

Kokinis began his NFL scouting career with the Browns in 1991 after serving an internship in the team's operations department. He then spent five seasons with the Browns scouting department (1991-95), including two working alongside Browns current head coach Eric Mangini, before the team relocated to Baltimore.

In his time in Baltimore, Kokinis worked closely with general manager Ozzie Newsome in analyzing NFL rosters and coordinating and evaluating the free agency market. Kokinis also made personnel recommendations and assisted in contract negotiations.

Kokinis assisted in the acquisition of Pro Bowl alternate running back Willis McGahee from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for future draft choices. That year, the club also resigned linebacker Jarret Johnson. In 2006, Kokinis negotiated the contracts of draft picks Dawan Landry and Ryan LaCasse. The team also acquired quarterback Steve McNair in exchange for a 2007 draft choice, resigned linebacker Bart Scott and also signed a number of significant free agent contributors, such as defensive end Trevor Pryce, who led the team with 13 sacks, running back Mike Anderson, defensive tackle Justin Bannan, cornerback Corey Ivy and linebacker Gary Stills.

With the Ravens, Kokinis spent four years as the team's Northeast area scout from 1996-99. He was promoted in 2000 and spent the next three seasons (2000-02) as the club's assistant director of pro personnel. His primary responsibility was the advance scouting of opponents and providing reports to the coaching staff. In 2003, Kokinis was promoted to the Ravens' director of pro personnel and was responsible for all aspects of the pro personnel department.


01-26-2009, 02:40 PM
New GM George Kokonis revealed at his introductory press conference Monday that he will have final say over the Browns' 53-man roster.

Perhaps haggling over who'd control roster decisions was part of the reason for Kokonis' relatively drawn out hiring. Kokonis also says he will run the draft and free agency for Cleveland. It appears he won't just be a figurehead GM.