Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Helmets sit on the field as Cleveland Browns players stretch prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Hire Oakland Raiders P.R. Director Zak Gilbert

The Oakland Raiders loss is the Cleveland Browns gain. Cleveland had fired former P.R. director Neal Gulkis before there was a potential candidate for the job, but it all ended up working out for the Browns. Oakland decided they would send P.R. director Zak Gilbert packing in a move that was met with a lot of negative reaction, but Gilbert didn’t stay out of work for long.

The Browns have hired Gilbert to serve as the team’s new V.P. of communications.

Cleveland announced the move on Monday.

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

It is a perfect scenario for the Browns, who need any kind of help in the P.R. and communications department as they can get.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is going through an interesting time thanks to the federal investigation that is picking up steam, so Gilbert could be the man that helps keep the attention on football and makes sure that the Browns don’t come down sinking with their owner.

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