Browns GM John Dorsey’s Status In “Serious Doubt”



Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Browns and John Dorsey are “leaning towards” parting ways.

  • According to ESPN, the situation is “fluid and not final” right now, but signs are reportedly “pointing to the end for Dorsey.”
  • Schefter adds that multiple sources around the league believe Dorsey is out in Cleveland, but there are still more meetings today to finalize parting arrangements.
  • Tom Pelissero hears that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is considering structural changes that would curb Dorsey’s authority as GM. While nothing is agreed to at this time, Pelissero says it appears to be headed towards reaching a settlement and parting ways.
  • Jeremy Fowler reports that key members of the Browns’ personnel team have begun exploring work opportunities elsewhere. One source tells Fowler that it feels like they lost the battle to chief strategist Paul DePodesta.
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala mentions that the Haslam’s “love” Eagles VP of football operations Andrew Berry. However, it remains to be seen whether they will hire a GM or allow their next head coach to have a say.

Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo are reporting that Browns GM John Dorsey has a meeting on Tuesday with team owner Jimmy Haslam and his job status “appears to be in serious doubt.

According to Rapoport, “everything is under evaluation” for the Browns right now including Dorsey’s job after a disappointing 2019 season.

The Browns fired HC Freddie Kitchens on Sunday and reports have said that Dorsey’s status with the team is worth watching in the coming days.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk previously mentioned that while Dorsey has made some good personnel decisions, he is believed to be the driving force behind the decision to hire Todd Haley as offensive coordinator over the objection of then HC Hue Jackson. Dorsey followed this up by promoting Freddie Kitchens to head coach, even though there were obvious concerns about promoting him to the head job.

A league source recently suggested to Florio that if Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta were willing to relocate to Cleveland on a full-time basis, he would have a much larger role in the organization.

Others have said that depending on what direction Cleveland goes with their head-coaching search, it’s possible Dorsey could be let go. 

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).

We’ll have more regarding the Browns as the news is available.

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