The Browns have already confirmed the news that John Dorsey is out as GM.
Statement from Dee and Jimmy Haslam
“We have a great appreciation for John and all he has done with the Cleveland Browns. He has helped create a foundation that we need to continue to develop and build upon. While John helped greatly improve our team’s talent and we are excited about the core players on our roster, we fully recognized that our team did not meet its potential on or off the field and additional changes in leadership give us the best opportunity for success in the future. As the role of the general manager continues to evolve in this league we felt there were areas that needed to be reassessed. Over the last 48 hours, we’ve had discussion with John about his role but could not come to an agreement on a position that would enable him to remain with the organization.
“As we conveyed on Sunday and our players reiterated yesterday, bringing in a strong leader with our head coach is our priority. Our process to improve upon the leadership will allow the flexibility to ensure we create the best partnership between our future head coach and general manager. We know the road of our tenure as stewards of this franchise has been a test of patience as we all want the success that our fans so deserve and we are relentlessly committed to and working towards. We fully appreciate, understand and empathize with our fans as we work towards our ultimate goal of building a championship-level football team.”
Statement from John Dorsey
“When I took this job, the history of this storied franchise and the passion of our fans was an integral part of my decision. It is that same understanding and desire to see these fans enjoy the success they are so deserving of that helped me conclude, along with Jimmy and Dee, that it was best to part ways as they embark on the search for a new head coach. I know how critical the relationship is between a general manager and head coach and I also know how critical it is that the Browns have a strong leader in their next coach. I have a great appreciation for the men and women I have worked with since being in Cleveland and my family has the same love and appreciation for this community and are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this journey.”
Adam Schefter reports that Browns GM John Dorsey is, in fact, out in Cleveland after the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a restructuring of the organization.
Reports surfaced in the past few hours that Dorsey’s status was in question and the Browns were considering major changes to their front office that would have directly impacted Dorsey.
One name being tossed around by multiple reporters is Eagles VP of football operations Andrew Berry, who previously worked for the Browns and is greatly respected by the Haslam.
Others have said that Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta could have more influence moving forward, but it remains to be seen what direction Cleveland will go from here.
Dorsey, 59, was hired as the Chiefs GM back in 2013 and paired him with HC Andy Reid. However, the Chiefs somewhat surprisingly fired Dorsey in 2017.
The Browns hired Dorsey as their GM in December, replacing Sashi Brown.
During his three seasons with the Browns, Dorsey’s teams have produced a record of 13-33 (28.2 percent).