Morocco Brown departing for Cleveland

Morocco Brown got a promotion -- just not from the Redskins. A source confirmed Tuesday that Brown will become the next vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

The possibility of his likely hiring was first reported by Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, but the position was unclear. The source confirmed that it was for the VP job.

Thus creates a big opening that Redskins general manager Bruce Allen now must fill. They could always promote Doug Williams, hired earlier this offseason as a personnel executive. Williams was a personnel executive for five seasons in Tampa Bay under Allen and then spent two years as the coordinator of pro scouting. They also have former San Diego general manager A.J. Smith on staff, though he's not full-time at Redskins Park and his focus this past offseason was on the draft.

Brown had been in charge of advance scouting of opponents and scouting potential free-agent and trade prospects. He joined Washington in 2008 from Chicago.

Brown interviewed for general manager positions in Arizona and Tampa Bay since the end of the 2012 season. He has a good reputation as hard-working and knowledgeable.

Brown will be reunited with Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and receivers coach Mike McDaniel.