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Longtime personnel executive Chris Polian hired as special adviser

The Browns have added experience and depth to their personnel department.

Chris Polian was hired as a special adviser, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Monday.

Polian comes from a famous football family and has some impressive titles on his resume, including vice president and general manager of the Colts from 2009-11. He graduated from John Carroll University in 1993.

Polian is the son of Bill, who had a Hall of Fame career as general manager of the Bills and Colts. Chris’ brother Brian is athletic director of John Carroll and a former coach, including head coach at the University of Nevada.


Chris Polian had worked as director or pro personnel for the Commanders since 2021, but they’re undergoing a front office shakeup. He has 27 years of NFL experience as an executive and scout, including the time as GM of the Colts.

Browns general manager Andrew Berry started his NFL career with the Colts and worked under Bill and Chris Polian.

Chris Polian started his career with the Panthers as a personnel assistant in 1994 and joined the Colts in 1998 as director of pro scouting. He moved up the ladder and took over as GM when his father retired.

The Colts went 14-2 and lost the Super Bowl in 2009, 10-6 in 2010 and 2-14 in 2011 as quarterback Peyton Manning missed the season with a neck injury.

After his time with the Colts, Polian worked for the Falcons, Jaguars and Commanders.

Berry has another former GM on the staff in senior personnel/coaching executive Bob Quinn, who used to run the Lions’ personnel department.


Organized team activities begin this week, and the Browns juggled the bottom end of the roster.

Kicker Lucas Havrisik was re-signed after being waived last week. He spent time on Cleveland’s practice squad last year before being signed by the Rams. He made 15 of 20 field goals for Los Angeles and 19 of 22 extra points.

He joins Dustin Hopkins and Cade York at kicker.

Rookie quarterback Jacob Sirmon was waived to make room.

He was signed May 12 after attending rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He finished his college career at Northern Colorado.

The Browns have Deshaun Watson, Jameis Winston, Tyler Huntley and Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback. Watson (shoulder) and Thompson-Robinson (hip) are coming off season-ending injuries and expected to be limited in OTAs and minicamp.

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