CLEVELAND (AP) - Pat Shurmur is turning Cleveland's struggling offense over to a close friend.
A person with knowledge of the hiring said the deal with Childress "is done." The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the hiring.
Shurmur served as both head coach and coordinator during his first season in Cleveland. It's not yet known if Childress, who recently interviewed for Tampa Bay's head coaching job, will call plays for Shurmur.
Childress went 39-35 in four-plus seasons with the Vikings, taking them to the playoffs three times.
He was fired after 10 games in 2010, one season after he famously picked up quarterback Brett Favre at the airport, received a contract extension and came within a field goal of reaching the Super Bowl.