Special teams coordinator Priefer says he's joining Browns

Special teams coordinator Priefer says he's joining Browns
FILE- In this Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings interim head coach Mike Priefer watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys in Minneapolis. Former Vikings assistant Priefer will handle special teams for new Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens. Priefer, who was suspended three games by Minnesota in 2014 for an insensitive remark, released a statement Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, saying he is coming to Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Vikings coordinator Mike Priefer will handle special teams for new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.

Priefer, who was suspended three games by Minnesota in 2014 for an insensitive remark, released a statement Friday saying he’s coming to Cleveland to work for Kitchens. Priefer spent the previous eight seasons coaching special teams with the Vikings.

Kitchens has agreed to become Cleveland’s new coach, but he still hasn’t finalized his contract. In the meantime, the former offensive coordinator is interviewing potential assistants for his staff.

Priefer will replace Amos Jones, who is not coming back to the Browns after one season as special teams coordinator.

Kitchens met Friday with fired Arizona Steve Wilks about becoming his defensive coordinator. Former Denver coach Vance Joseph was scheduled to visit the Browns over the weekend, but he was hired by new Cardinals coach on Friday.

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