Former Cleveland Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown issued a statement through the team following his firing Thursday.
The team announced its plans to part ways with Brown Thursday morning. Owner Jimmy Haslam also noted plans to retain head coach Hue Jackson into the next season.
Brown's statement was issued to the media Thursday afternoon:
“I want this to be real and clear, the way I know Cleveland and Browns fans can appreciate: Our win-loss record since I became executive vice president isn’t going to cut it.
We worked hard. I am so grateful to the people I worked with throughout my four-plus years with the Browns, particularly the people I worked with the past two years. We embarked on a mission to rebuild the Browns for long-term, sustainable success. We were committed and aggressive in our approach, even if unorthodox at times. We made dramatic changes and put in place a foundation on which championships can be built.
Obviously, the Browns have not yet achieved the turnaround we wanted for a franchise and the best fans in the NFL, who deserve it more than any other in sports. I know that turnaround is coming.I thank Dee and Jimmy and the rest of the Haslam family for taking a chance on me. And when that turnaround happens, wherever I am, I will smile – more than a little bittersweetly – and say, to myself, 'Go Browns!'"
The Browns summed a 1-27 record under Brown's reign as VP.
Rumors of Brown's replacement were quick to fill social media when NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the team has its sights set on former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. In recent weeks, there has also been speculation that Haslam may peg Peyton Manning as the next front office leader.