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North Notes: Browns, Suh, Porter, Bears

After announcing several front office moves earlier today, the Browns will add one more new executive, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. Schefter reports (via Twitter) that former Chiefs VP of player personnel Bill Kuharich will join the Browns to assist new GM Ray Farmer. Kuharich and Farmer worked together in Kansas City.

With a new group of decision-makers taking over football operations in Cleveland, several players’ futures could be affected. We have details on those possibilities, as well as updates on a few more AFC and NFC North teams, so let’s dive in….

  • The Browns have a much more realistic chance of re-signing star center Alex Mack, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, who says (via Twitter) that Mack appeared to be a sure thing to depart in free agency under the old regime. Rapoport adds (via Twitter) that receiver Greg Little was certain to be waived by the old regime, but may be retained for another season by the new decision-makers.
  • After Schefter reported that Jay Z and Roc Nation Sports would advise Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh in some capacity, fellow ESPN.com scribe Darren Rovell added that Roc Nation would represent Suh for both contract negotiations and marketing. We had heard back in January when Suh fired his previous agents that Jay-Z was expected to be involved in the 27-year-old’s new representation.
  • Longtime Steeler linebacker Joey Porter had been hired by his old team as a defensive assistant, and figures to work with the current group of linebackers in Pittsburgh, tweets Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest.
  • The Bears aren’t likely to use their own franchise tag this offseason, but they’ll be keeping an eye on which other teams around the league designate franchise players, since it could affect their free agent pursuits, writes John Mullin of CSNChicago.com.

Ndamukong Suh Fires Agent, Could Consider Jay-Z?

The Lions have made it known that they want to keep Ndamukong Suh in Detroit beyond his final contract year in 2014 and the defensive lineman apparently wants to stay put. Today, Jason Phil Cole of National Football Post learned from two agents at the Pro Bowl that he fired agent Eugene Parker in advance of these talks and is interviewing candidates to represent him.

Meanwhile, Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) says he would not be surprised in the least if Suh winds up signing with Jay-Z. In fact, he says, any other outcome would be a surprise. Of course, the rapper entered the world of sports representation in 2013 and became the agent for Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

Suh, 27, will earn a base salary of $12.5MM this season. With a new deal, the Lions will hope to lock Suh up for the long-term while creating financial flexibility for this offseason by reducing his cap number. The Nebraska product racked up 49 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and roughly $217K in fines.