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Freddie Kitchens continues interviews for staff

The deep Green Bay ties in the Browns front office could land them a well-respected offensive line coach.

James Campen, 54, was interviewing Saturday, according to ESPN. He would replace Bob Wylie.

Campen has been with the Packers for 20 years, including the last 12 as line coach. He was also the run game coordinator for the 2018 season.

Freddie Kitchens was finally announced as head coach Saturday and continued to interview coaches to fill his staff.


Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell will join the Browns in the same capacity, ESPN reported.

UAB assistant head coach/offensive line coach Jody Wright was one of the interviews, according to The Associated Press. He worked with Kitchens at Mississippi State.

Jets personnel staffer Tyler Tettleton will be hired as an offensive quality control coach, Fox Sports reported. He spent two years at Oklahoma as a graduate assistant during quarterback Baker Mayfield’s career with the Sooners.

Mitchell, whose given name is Lyvonia, coached on the Cardinals staff with Kitchens for four years. He was a running back for the Cardinals for nine years and was the head coach at Morgan State and Southern.

Campen is under contract with the Packers but they allowed him to interview with the Browns. Packers coach Mike McCarthy was fired in December and Matt LaFleur hired as coach this week.

Campen has helped six Packers linemen to the Pro Bowl: tackles David Bakhtiari and Chad Clifton, guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang and centers Jeff Saturday and Scott Wells.

Browns general manager John Dorsey, assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith were longtime members of the Packers front office. Center JC Tretter spent four years with Green Bay before joining the Browns in 2017.

Campen, a center, was undrafted out of Tulane but made 50 starts in 67 games in the NFL from 1987-93, the final five seasons with Green Bay.

As a senior, he was awarded Tulane’s honor for the top student-athlete in the class who bettered the campus and community. He was the first football player to serve as a resident advisor.

Campen was a reserve deputy sheriff in New Orleans and volunteered with the Green Bay Police Department while playing for the Packers.

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