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Packers architect Wolf returns as Browns consultant

Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf said Wednesday he will be a personnel specialist for the Browns, who plan to announce his hiring today.

Wolf said he would evaluate players part-time for coach Butch Davis while working from his home in Annapolis, Md.

"I'm not a decision-maker or anything like that. Whatever little task Butch has for me to do, I'll do," Wolf said.

Wolf retired in 2001 after 11 years as Green Bay's executive vice president and general manager. He built the 1996 team that won the Super Bowl and the 1997 NFC championship club.

He reportedly had turned down offers from the Bucs and Dolphins.

MARIUCCI LURES JAURON: Former Bears coach Dick Jauron said he decided to join the Lions because of Steve Mariucci.

Jauron, who was formally introduced as defensive coordinator, drew plenty of interest, but Mariucci made the difference.

"I love Steve's approach to the game and the way he deals with players and the way they respond to him," he said.

Jauron was fired Dec. 29 after four losing seasons in five with the Bears. The coach of the year two seasons ago, he was 35-46 overall, including one playoff loss.

Detroit ranked 24th in total defense in 2003. Mariucci and Jauron worked together in Green Bay on Mike Holmgren's staff in the late 1980s and early '90s. Jauron oversaw the Packers secondary, and Mariucci was the quarterbacks coach.

"Dick brings a great deal of experience and respect among the coaches and players in the league," Mariucci said. "We didn't think he'd be available."

BUCS SEND 6 TO EUROPE: Defensive end Corey Smith and receiver Frank Murphy were among six players Tampa Bay allocated to NFL Europe. Guard Kevin Breedlove, center Ben Claxton, cornerback Lynaris Eipheage and kicker Carlos Martinez also will play in Europe this spring. Smith finished the season on the active roster. Breedlove and Claxton were members of the practice squad.

BILLS: Free-agent fullback Daimon Shelton, a six-year veteran who did not play last season, signed. Shelton, who spent two seasons with the Bears and four with the Jags, has 104 yards rushing and 324 receiving in his career. Buffalo also signed offensive lineman Lawrence Smith, who has spent most of the past two seasons on Baltimore's practice squad.

CARDINALS: Mike Wilson, who has coached with the Raiders and at Stanford and Southern Cal, was named tight ends coach.

CHARGERS: Tight ends coach Tim Brewster was promoted to assistant head coach.

CHIEFS: Fred Pagac was named linebackers coach after spending three seasons coaching linebackers for the Raiders. He was an assistant coach at Ohio State, his alma mater, for 19 years.

DOLPHINS: Free-agent receiver Marvin "Snoop" Minnis, a former Florida State All-American who was on the Bucs' inactive list for two games last season, signed. A third-round pick by the Chiefs in 2001, Minnis had 33 catches for 511 yards and a touchdown as a rookie but missed all but two games the next season with a broken foot.

PACKERS: Assistant Bob Slowik was promoted to defensive coordinator and former Lions defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer, younger brother of Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, was hired as defensive backs coach. Slowik replaces Ed Donatell, who was fired Jan. 16 after a playoff loss to the Eagles.

RAIDERS: Jets assistant Jimmy Raye was hired as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Raye spent the past two seasons with the Jets, serving as assistant head coach last season and senior offensive assistant in 2002. He is the first assistant hired by coach Norv Turner. Raye replaces Marc Trestman, who became the Dolphins assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach the day Turner left Miami.

_ Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

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