NFL trailblazer Catherine Raîche to leave Eagles, join Browns

Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Catherine Raîche will join the Browns for a high-ranking position in their front office, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein on Tuesday.

Nearly a year ago, the Eagles promoted Raîche to the most senior-ranking team personnel position a woman has held in NFL history.

The VP of football operations title Raîche holds is the same one Browns General Manager Andrew Berry had with the Eagles in 2019.

Raîche and Berry worked together then. Berry has mentored Raîche and pursued hiring her in the past, a source told Epstein.

The Browns had an opening created in their front office earlier this offseason when Kwesi Adofo-Mensah left Cleveland to become the GM of the Minnesota Vikings. Adofo-Mensah spent the past two seasons as the Browns’ VP of football operations, but he essentially handled the duties of an assistant GM. Raîche’s role is expected to be similar.

Raîche has another connection to Adofo-Mensah because she interviewed for the GM job he landed in Minnesota in late January.

Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson became the first woman to coach an NFL position group in a game in 2020. [David Richard/Associated Press]

Like Raîche, Browns chief of staff / assistant wide receivers coach Callie Brownson is a trailblazer. In 2020, Brownson became the first woman to guide an NFL position group in a game when she served as the team’s acting tight ends coach in a Week 12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars

Last year, Raîche spoke with USA TODAY Sports about women increasingly securing jobs on the football side of NFL franchises.

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