Brown's regime has been marked with strikeouts at the quarterback position, namely trading out of the No. 2 spot in the 2016 National Football League draft as Philadelphia moved up to select Carson Wentz.
In a statement that also announced head coach Hue Jackson would remain with the team next season, owner Jimmy Haslam said "we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department".
The unconventional setup, with former baseball executive Paul DePodesta as the chief strategy officer, resulted in the team stockpiling a bunch of draft picks, and getting criticized for how it used its assets. That is something that I think we all want to do - (owners) Jimmy and Dee (Haslam), obviously.
The 0-12 Browns will close out their 2017 regular season with games against the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The next GM will be the Browns' ninth since 1999, and will be the fourth leader of the front office that Haslam has hired since his purchase of the team from Randy Lerner was approved by the league's owners on October 16, 2012. No matter who they go with, it has to be better than the previous, right?
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"Sashi is a good person", Jackson said. This is a performance-based business, and I get it. On Monday, we saw the New York Giants fire their Head Coach, Ben McAdoo and GM, Jerry Reese.
Haslam called the offseason and next year's draft "pivotal for our franchise".
"I'm just trying to digest everything", said 10-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas, who was lost for the season with a triceps injury. I'm not sure what the firing says about the plan. The Browns have two first-round picks in next year's draft - five in the first two rounds - and the team could have as much as $100 million in salary-cap space to help it rebuild.
The low point of Brown's 23-month tenure as the top football executive likely occurred on Halloween, when a failed trade with the Cincinnati Bengals resulted in the Browns getting widely criticized for not getting their paperwork sent prior to the league's 4 p.m. trade deadline.
However, it's the decisions to pass on Wentz and Watson to fix Cleveland's decade-long problem at quarterback that will always tarnish his resume.