Browns Hire John Dorsey As New GM


Dee and Jimmy Haslam have already announced that John Dorsey has been named General Manager of the Cleveland Browns.

“We are thrilled to have John Dorsey lead our football operations,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam. “John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning football teams and is highly respected for his football acumen.  We know we have a critical and very positive opportunity ahead of us to profoundly impact the foundation of this football team.  Bringing in someone of John Dorsey’s caliber, his track record of success and his experience, significantly strengthens our opportunities to build a winning football team and that has been, and continues to be, what we want for our fans.”

“Football is what I know, it is what I love, it is what I have worked my whole career at and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning football team,” said Dorsey. “I have spent a majority of my football life with two franchises that also have storied history and I think I have a feel for the mentality of the fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success this franchise once had. I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I didn’t think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with Hue, his staff, and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve.”

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Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Browns have hired John Dorsey as the new GM. According to Mortensen, Dorsey will be introduced at a press conference on Friday.

  • Adam Schefter reports that the Browns have already interviewed other GM candidates for the position, which means they’ve satisfied the Rooney Rule.
  • Mary Kay Cabot reports that Dorsey receives a four-year contract and will have final say over the team’s 53-man roster.
  • Scott Petrak adds that Dorsey will report directly to ownership.

This hire comes just 11 hours after the team announced that they’ve fired executive VP Sashi Brown, which implies that Cleveland already had an agreement in the works with Dorsey before making the move.

The talk of a front office shakeup has been circulating for months and that the Browns were looking to bring in a new personnel executive with prior experience at cultivating NFL talent. Dorsey, certainly, signals a shift in direction for the Browns, given that he’s known for being a “scout’s scout” while Brown was part of the team’s analytical approach to team building.

Dorsey, 57, was hired as the Chiefs GM back in 2013 and paired him with HC Andy Reid. However, the Chiefs surprisingly fired Dorsey this summer, even though he had done a pretty good job in terms of player acquisition.

Reports later surfaced that there were concerns about regarding his internal communication and management styles.

During his four years with the Chiefs, Dorsey’s teams had a record of 43-21 (67.2 percent), which includes three playoff appearances.

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