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Browns name ex-Chiefs exec Dorsey as new GM

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

On the same day the Cleveland Browns fired executive vice president Sashi Brown, the team reached an agreement with former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey to take over the same position.

Dorsey will be introduced at a media conference on Friday, when he will be handed the reigns to one of the NFL's most historical but long-suffering franchises.

"We are thrilled to have John Dorsey lead our football operations," team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement on Thursday. "John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning football teams and is highly respected for his football acumen. We know we have a critical and very positive opportunity ahead of us to profoundly impact the foundation of this football team. Bringing in someone of John Dorsey's caliber, his track record of success and his experience, significantly strengthens our opportunities to build a winning football team and that has been, and continues to be, what we want for our fans."

With Dorsey as general manager in Kansas City from 2013 to 2016, the Chiefs recorded a 43-21 (.672) record, the fourth-highest winning percentage in the NFL during that span. Prior to that, he spent six seasons as a player with the Green Bay Packers and 21 years in the team's scouting department. He also spent the 1999 season working for the Seattle Seahawks.

Cleveland will not hire another vice president, and Dorsey will be the new man in charge.

"Football is what I know, it is what I love, it is what I have worked my whole career at and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning football team," Dorsey said in a statement. "I have spent a majority of my football life with two franchises that also have storied history [sic], and I think I have a feel for the mentality of the fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success this franchise once had. I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I did not think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with [coach] Hue [Jackson], his staff and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve."

It is a move the Browns have been plotting for weeks, and with their interview cycle completed, they have struck an agreement with Dorsey, who is drawn to one of the NFL's iconic franchises the way he was when he worked for the Packers, who are Cleveland's opponent on Sunday.

John Wooten, chairman of Fritz Pollard Alliance, said he was "deeply bothered" by the Browns' hiring process. The alliance works to improve coaching and front-office opportunities for minorities in the NFL.

"I will be talking to the league about it because it bothers me. It does not seem right. Why would not you interview one of the recommended people?" Wooten told ESPN.

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