When the Cleveland Browns fired vice president of football operations Sashi Brown on Thursday, it hardly came as a surprise. Aside from the team's 1-27 record over the course of the past two seasons, questionable decision-making has plagued the Browns personnel, with the team passing on multiple franchise quarterbacks, bungling trades and seeing key players leave in free agency.
Which five moves played the biggest role in Brown's dismissal? Let's take a look:
5. Passing on Deshaun Watson
The Cleveland Browns entered the 2017 NFL Draft stockpiled with two first-round picks: their own, first overall, and the 12th overall selection, which they had acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles.
After selecting Myles Garrett at No. 1, the Browns came up again at 12 with plenty of talent available on the board. But rather than take Deshaun Watson, Malik Hooker or O.J. Howard, the Browns traded with the Houston Texans, acquiring the No. 25 pick and a 2018 first-round selection.
The Texans selected Watson, who went on to become the front-runner to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year before tearing his ACL in November. The Browns, meanwhile, selected safety Jabrill Peppers, who hasn't necessarily fit into defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme through the first 12 games of 2017.
As a result of the deal, Cleveland still has the Texans' 2018 first-round pick. But it's going to take a heck of a player to justify passing on a potential franchise quarterback like Watson, who happened to fall right into the Browns' lap.
4. 2016 free agency
Even before running his first draft, Brown made some questionable decisions. In his first free agency in charge of the team, Brown let key players such as Mitchell Schwartz, Tashaun Gipson, Travis Benjamin and Alex Mack walk.
Keeping even two of those players may not have resulted in Cleveland becoming a perennial contender, but losing them depleted the team of the middle class of its roster. The Browns have struggled in large part because of their youth -- but in many ways, that has been a self-inflicted wound.
3. Signing Kenny Britt
In what was a polarizing move among the Browns fanbase, the Browns let Terrelle Pryor walk in 2017 free agency following the Ohio State product's 1,000-yard 2016 season. And while it's up for debate whether or not Pryor would have struggled had he returned to Cleveland in the same fashion he has in his first season with the Washington Redskins, what isn't debatable is that his replacement, Kenny Britt, has been a disaster.
After signing a four-year, $32 million contract, Britt has recorded just 18 receptions for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aside from his disappointing play on the field, he's been arguably a bigger problem off of it, being sent home from the Browns trip to Houston for missing curfew.
With the second-most cap space in the NFL, the Browns have been limited in what they've spent in free agency. But when they have spent, it hasn't amounted to much.
2. A.J. McCarron
Regardless of where you stood on the Browns' failed attempt to trade for Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron this past trade deadline, the blunder served as a public relations black mark. According to reports, Cleveland had agreed to terms with Cincinnati to send a second and third-round pick to the Bengals in exchange for McCarron, but the deal fell through when the Browns failed to submit the proper paperwork.
The fiasco called into question Brown's ability to run a football franchise and even raised allegations of him sabotaging the deal -- which he denied. And even if you didn't think McCarron was a player worth acquiring, it'd be tough to argue he wouldn't have improved the talent in Cleveland's quarterback room.
1. Passing on Carson Wentz
Sashi Brown's first big move in charge of the Browns was one that continued to haunt him until his final day with the team.
After inheriting the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, Brown opted to trade the pick to the Philadelphia Eagles -- before again trading back with the Tennessee Titans, ultimately selecting Corey Coleman with the 15th overall pick.
Once the deal -- and another trade back in 2017 -- was complete, the Browns had a plethora of picks. The Eagles, meanwhile, drafted quarterback Carson Wentz, who is considered one of the front-runners to win the NFL's MVP award in 2017.
At a position that has plagued the Browns for nearly 30 years, the Browns have now watched as two teams have picked franchise quarterbacks with draft picks they used to own. Whoever replaces Brown will be tasked with righting that wrong -- or else, he too will likely find himself in the unemployment line.