BEREA -- A Browns sourced confirmed to The Plain Dealer that special teams coordinator Brad Seely has left the team.
The Browns offered to retain Seely but agreed not to block him from leaving.
Under Seely, the Browns' special teams were ranked No. 1 overall in 2009 in the formula devised by Dallas Morning News football writer Rick Gosselin that includes 22 statistical categories. They dropped from that perch in 2010, but still were in the top third of the NFL.
As assistant head coach to Eric Mangini, Seely enjoyed substantial influence on the makeup of the team's final roster. Seely was able to bolster his units with several players who specialized in kicking games.
Seely was rumored to be talking with the San Francisco 49ers, but the club has made no announcement.