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Cleveland Browns hire PR director fired by Raiders

The public relations director dumped by the Oakland Raiders has found a new home.

The Cleveland Browns have named Zak Gilbert as their new director of communications Monday, according to's Ian Rapoport.

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"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. "He brings nearly 20 years of expertise on both the collegiate and professional level. We are happy to welcome him to the Browns organization."

The San Francisco Chronicle cited team sources in reporting that Raiders owner Mark Davis was unhappy with a Sports Illustrated story, written in April by Jim Trotter, that portrayed general manager Reggie McKenzie favorably but was critical of the recent performance of Davis and his father, the late Al Davis.

Gilbert, who helped facilitate team access for Trotter, was put on leave immediately after the story was published. He later was dismissed.

The fallout from the decision painted Mark Davis and the Raiders in an unfavorable light. Gilbert is well-respected in the industry and personally was brought over from the Green Bay Packers by general manager Reggie McKenzie. The Raiders' error in judgment is now the Browns' gain.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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