- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2009

From combined dispatches

Eric Mangini is the new coach of the Cleveland Browns, a week after being fired by the New York Jets.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press that Mangini will be introduced Thursday at a news conference at the team’s headquarters in Berea, Ohio. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Mangini’s contract has not been finalized.

Mangini reached an agreement on a four-year deal with the club Wednesday, the person said.

The 37-year-old Mangini began his NFL career as a ballboy with the Browns in 1994 under then coach Bill Belichick.

Mangini went 23-25 and made the playoffs once in three seasons with the Jets, who stumbled down the stretch to lose four of their last five games and miss the playoffs after an 8-3 start.

Mangini is taking over the job that one of his best friends in football, Romeo Crennel, was just fired from.

COWBOYS: Troubled cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was released following a season in which he was suspended six games for an off-field fight.

The transaction will not become official until Feb. 9, the first day NFL teams can make waiver requests.

The Cowboys traded for Jones before the season even though he had been suspended for the 2007 season because of a series of off-field incidents.

REDSKINS: Tight ends coach Rennie Simmons retired after 27 years in the NFL, including 18 with Washington.

Simmons’ second stint with the team began in 2004 when he reunited with Joe Gibbs. Under Simmons’ watch, tight end Chris Cooley made two Pro Bowls. Cooley is bringing Simmons with him to Hawaii for next month’s game.

Unlike many of the holdover assistants, Simmons’ contract wasn’t extended when Jim Zorn was hired, and it expired at the end of this season.

Defensive quality control coach Arthur Smith, with the team for two years, is leaving the staff to join the military.

TITANS: Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae insisted he is day-to-day for Tennessee’s divisional playoff game against Baltimore, and he said he didn’t mean to cause such a stir by saying he wouldn’t play this week.

Mawae hurt his right elbow Dec. 21 early in the fourth quarter of a 31-14 rout of Pittsburgh. He has not practiced since.

CHARGERS: LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed that he has a torn tendon in his groin and listed himself as doubtful for San Diego’s playoff game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

SAINTS: Gary Gibbs, New Orleans’ defensive coordinator the past three years, was fired.

Coach Sean Payton saidGibbs made many contributions despite directing a unit that finished the regular season ranked 23rd in total defense.

Also, running back Reggie Bush had surgery on his left knee and will require months of rehabilitation.

Bush is expected to be ready for minicamp in June.

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