The Browns are ringing in the new year by blowing it all up again.
The Browns and general manager John Dorsey mutually parted ways Tuesday after the two sides couldn’t agree on a restructuring of the organization, the team announced.
ESPN first reported the move.
“We have a great appreciation for John and all he has done with the Cleveland Browns,” owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said in a statement. “He has helped create a foundation that we are excited about the core players on our rosters, 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.”
Signs of Dorsey’s exit had been emerging since this past weekend.
With questions continuing to rise about the job security of Dorsey, the Browns postponed a news conference Dorsey had been tentatively scheduled to hold around lunchtime Tuesday at team headquarters in Berea.
A Browns spokesman said the news conference would take place Thursday afternoon. The spokesman said the change was made because the Browns weren’t able to secure a time Tuesday due to all of the coaching search meetings underway.
The bottom line is the future of Dorsey as GM was in jeopardy. Now he’s out.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Nate Ulrich