John Dorsey reportedly out as Browns general manager after meeting with owner

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports the team has "strong interest" in former Ohio State and Florida head coach Urban Meyer to succeed Freddie Kitchens, who was sacked last weekend after one season.

Potential suitors reportedly on Cleveland's radar include Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Ravens OC Greg Roman, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Bills OC Brian Daboll, and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Pro Football Talk reported over the weekend that if DePodesta moved to Cleveland full-time, he could have a much larger role in the organization and possibly be higher up on the masthead than Dorsey.

"When I took this job, the history of this storied franchise and the passion of our fans was an integral part of my decision", Dorsey said in his statement released by the team.

"As we conveyed on Sunday and our players reiterated yesterday, bringing in a strong leader with our head coach is our priority", the Haslams said.

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The Browns' next coach will be the team's ninth since 2005.

"We're gonna hire the coach first and then we'll do the GM search, the coach will be involved in that process, will not have the final say", Haslam explained. He previously had coached at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. With Dorsey calling the shots, the Browns went from 0-16 in 2017 to 7-8-1 in 2018.

The Browns were scheduled to interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Thursday; he had met with the Panthers last week and has an interview scheduled with the Giants on Friday.

He was responsible for the drafting of Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb. Cleveland was also among the league's most penalized teams and the season crashed in the final weeks with Kitchens paying the price. He has also pulled off several trades and made multiple draft picks which have yet to pan out.

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