Browns Promote Mel Tucker to Defensive Coordinator

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Mel Tucker, a former Ohio State assistant coach, is the Cleveland Browns' new defensive coordinator.

He gets a two-year contract extension through the 2010 season. Tucker replaces Todd Grantham, who was fired by the Browns Friday.

The team later yesterday that Tucker would be replaced by Cory Undlin, who spent the past three seasons on head coach Romeo Crennel's staff as a defensive assistant. Undlin came to the Browns in 2005 after a season with the New England Patriots.

The 36-year-old Tucker inherits a defense that could look radically different at the start of the 2008 season. The Browns are expected to focus on fixing their porous defense during free agency and in April's draft.

Cleveland's defense was among the NFL's poorest in 2007. The Browns finished the season ranked 30th in overall defense.