Tom Heckert to join Broncos front office staff

AP

Former Cleveland Browns general manager has landed on his feet with the Denver Broncos.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Heckert will be assuming the role of director of pro personnel vacated by the departure of Keith Kidd.

Kidd did not have his contract renewed by the Broncos following the completion of the NFL Draft.

Heckert previously served as general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2006-2009 before being hired in the same role by the Browns in 2010. Despite being general manager of the Eagles, Andy Reid still had final say over personnel decisions. The move to Cleveland was Heckert’s first opportunity to call the shots himself.

Heckert was relieved of his duties with the Browns at the end of last season. Kidd had served the last four seasons as the Broncos director of pro personnel following head coach Josh McDaniels over from the New England Patriots in 2009.

18 responses to “Tom Heckert to join Broncos front office staff

  1. We take time out of our schedule to laugh at the Browns. They, along with the Jets, provide a comedic aspect to the game. Thank you.

  2. Nice hire by Broncos. He did a solid job rebuiliding the Browns roster from what Mangini left behind, knew he’d get a job somewhere, surprised it took this long.

    Now I hope the combo of Banner/Lombardi doesn’t make me miss him too much…

  3. Good move.

    I’m neither a Broncos or Browns fan, but the Browns did start accumulating some nice talent after Heckert inherited an awful roster.

    I know they didn’t improve much in the win-loss column, but I blame poor coaching for that.

  4. I like the addition actually.

    He was an underrated selector of talent in Cleveland and Philly.

    His only bad pick in Cleveland was Weeden, but the QB need was likely pushed upon by Holmgren.

    I hope he helps Denver in the very near future.

  5. Heckert was the lone professional in the Browns front office the last few years. He put some good players in the orange helmets and left a good core for Lombardi/Banner to take credit for in the future. The poor won/loss records we’ve had were a reflection of the abysmal coaching. I wish Heckert was still in Cleveland.

  6. Good hire by Elway.

    Heckert knew he was a goner in Cleveland once Joe Banner was given the keys to the Browns. Banner had to get rid of a strong personnel guy or risk being exposed for the fraud bean counter he really is.

  7. Other teams like the Jets, Panthers, and others looking for a GM sure couldn’t use this guy who was putting together a decent Browns roster from the worst in the league and coincidentally departed Philly when their drafts went from amongst the best in football to the garbage you’ve seen come to fruition over the last couple of years. Just goes to show, all about who you know, not what you know in that league when Chris Polean has barely been unemployed and it took this guy 6 months to get another job.

  8. Heckert is a solid guy and this is coming from a Browns fan. Holmgren hired Shurmur and made Heckert pull the trigger on Weeden, so he can’t be held accountable for that. Here’s to hoping that the AFC Championship in a few years will be just like the 80s – Broncos vs. Browns.

  9. The Browns will regret the day they let Heckert go. His contribution to the Broncos will put them in the Super Bowl while Banner/Lombardi will only find fools gold in the next few drafts until they are replaced.

  10. Most of these comments are dead on. Tom Heckert did a great job here in Cleveland and I wish he were still here. He accumulated a good bit of talent and the last few years under him were marked with the Browns having a talented but VERY YOUNG team on the field. The primary mistakes during his regime, Pat Shurmur and Colt McCoy, can be attributed directly to Mike Holmgren. Heckert values building through the draft, especially the offensive and defensive lines. Good hire, Denver. All the best to you, Tom. Wish you were still here.

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