The Browns fired executive vice president Sashi Brown, the man who ran Cleveland's personnel department for the past two years, on Thursday.
Head coach Hue Jackson will remain at work and will return for the 2018 season, "but we believe it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department," owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.
Other members of the central office are also expected to be let go, since the team reorganized its office again, the sources told ESPN.
Cleveland will immediately begin its official search for a new general manager, its ninth general manager since the franchise returned to his city in 1999, although he has quietly been researching others around the leag for weeks, by sources.
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"We have great appreciation and gratitude for the commitment and leadership of Sashi in our organization, but we believe that the transition to someone with solid experience and success in the writing and construction of consistently winning football teams It is critical for the future of the Cleveland Browns, "Haslam said in the statement.
The Browns, 0-12 this season, went 1-27 with Brown in personnel control.
Brown leaves a Cleveland team that traded selections that became Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, but also an organization that has stockp selected selections for future drafts and created more salary cap space than any team in the league.
This team is actually well positioned for future years, many NFL executives have recently observed. Whoever takes over will inherit some of the riches Brown helped build.
The Browns have six additional picks in the April draft: an extra first, two extra second rounds, an extra fourth round, an extra fifth. round selection. At this time, the Browns also have a salary cap of $ 59.25 million this year that they can renew for next year, when they are already scheduled to have another $ 38.6 million of space, giving them almost $ 100 million in salary space.
The 2018 draft and the off-season are crucial to our franchise, we have to make sure we maximize our chance of success: with our selections, free agency and the construction of our roster, "Haslam said in the statement. ] The Browns were 1-27 during Sashi Brown's tenure as chief of staff. Photo by Nick Cammett / Diamond Images / Getty Images
The team also failed to trade for quarterback AJ of Cincinnati Bengals, McCarron seconds before the October 31 NFL deadline, when the proper paperwork was not processed, and an exchange that seemed to be going on abruptly broke down.
Haslam and his wife Dee are expected to interview GM candidates as early as this week, by sources, although they may also have spoken with former NFL GM Dave Gettleman, John Dorsey and Scot McCloughan without any permission or restriction. iction.
Thursday's shake continues a race that has made Cleveland the NFL's most unstable franchise. Since returning to Cleveland, the Browns had eight different GMs: Brown, Ray Farmer, Michael Lombardi, Tom Heckert, George Kokinis, Phil Savage, Butch Davis and Dwight Clark. He has also employed veteran executives Paul DePodesta, Joe Banner, Mike Holmgren and Mike Keenan.
The Browns have also had nine head coaches since 1999, tied for fourth in the NFL. The Bills, Dolphins and Raiders have had 10.