Cleveland Browns' Zak Gilbert resigns as Director of Communications

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Browns' Director of Communication, Zak Gilbert, announced Thursday that he has resigned from his position with the organization.

Gilbert was hired as the director of communications with the Browns in June 2013. 

Gilbert released this statement about his resignation:

“After a lot of thought and discussion, I’ve come to the difficult decision to resign my position as head of the Browns’ communications department. I want to thank everyone in the organization, most particularly Jimmy and Dee Haslam. I’d also like to extend my appreciation to Alec Scheiner, Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer, and thank members of the local media for the relationships we enjoyed. Working for one of the great franchises in pro football, the team with the league’s most loyal fans, was a genuine privilege. I wish the Browns and all of my teammates inside the building nothing but success.”

The team's president, Alex Scheiner, spoke highly of Gilbert in his statement today. “We greatly appreciate Zak's efforts, work ethic and contributions to the Cleveland Browns organization," said Scheiner. "He has been a true professional, and we wish him and his family the best moving forward."

Prior to the Browns, Gilbert served as the director of media relations for the Oakland Raiders.