Ray Horton will be returning to the Cleveland Browns.
Horton was one of five coaches who agreed to join the staff of Hue Jackson on Wednesday. Horton will be the team's defensive coordinator.
A Dick LeBeau disciple, Horton was the Browns' defensive coordinator in 2013 and returns after spending the last two years as defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.
On Sunday, John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors minority hiring in the NFL, told the Tennessean that Horton was "insulted" by the Titans' head coaching search and would leave the team for the Browns after Mike Mularkey was named Titans head coach. Horton later denied he was offended by the team's search.
That Horton is returning to Cleveland indicates his feelings for Jackson. Horton was part of an angry staff that was swept out of Cleveland with coach Rob Chudzinski in after one season.
Among Jackson's other hires, Kirby Wilson will be run game coordinator and running backs coach, and Al Saunders and Pep Hamilton also will join the offensive staff. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that Hamilton would be the associate head coach for offense. With Wilson focused on the run game, Hamilton might focus on the passing game. Jackson will call the offensive plays.
The NFL Network also reported that Hal Hunter has been hired as offensive line coach.
The hirings have not yet been made official by the team.
Wilson spent seven in years in Pittsburgh before earning the respect and admiration of Adrian Peterson the last two seasons in Minnesota. The Vikings tried to keep Wilson in Minnesota by not allowing him to interview last week, but his contract expired last night, freeing him to take any job he wanted.
Saunders, 68, is a veteran offensive coach who is well respected around the league. He worked with the Raiders as offensive coordinator in 2011 when Jackson was the team's coach.
Hamilton was the offensive coordinator at Stanford before joining the Colts as offensive coordinator in 2014. He was let go in November, with Chudzinski replacing him.
Hunter was the Colts' offensive line coach in 2015 and the assistant offensive line coach the previous two years. In 2012, he was San Diego's offensive coordinator.