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That's So Browns: Giving a former coach a contract extension

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In hiring Ray Horton as defensive coordinator (again), the Cleveland Browns hired a coach they were going to pay anyway, a coach the Browns paid the last two years while he coached another team.

Essentially, the Browns gave one of their former coaches a contract extension.

This is one of the quirks of constant change, and yes, it qualifies as a ... wait for it ... "That's So Browns" moment. In this case it's not a bell-ringer, merely a quirk of NFL life that perhaps only happens in Cleveland.

Horton was hired to be the team's defensive coordinator in 2013 and was given a four-year contract. When he was swept out with the firing of Rob Chudzinski, the Browns were obligated to pay the remaining three years of his deal.

If he found another job, the team was responsible for the difference in pay between what his new team paid him and what the Browns paid him. He did find a job as defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.

So if, for instance, Horton was hired to make $1 million per year (a purely arbitrary figure) and the Titans paid him $600,000, the Browns had to pay him the $400,000 difference.

The Browns were probably going to pay Horton something this year whether he coached in Cleveland, Nashville or Timbuktu.

By hiring him back, they hire the guy Hue Jackson wanted to run his defense, which is a good thing.

They also circle back to Horton's contract with the Browns from three years ago, and pay him the same this year he was going to make anyway. 
Then they added more time to the deal. 
So essentially Horton got a contract extension from a team he hasn't worked for in two years.

It's life in the NFL. It's life with change. It's life with the Browns.