1. He’s a place holder
Sashi Brown went from the salary cap guru/team contract negotiator to the man in charge of putting together the 53-man roster.
And if you notice, the Browns still have no on on the payroll that it pays as its “president.”
Then, Manning could step in with a king’s ransom worth of draft picks. He’d be able to hit the ground running on the rebuilt, while Sashi could go back to Sashi things, like reminding everyone he went to Harvard by being the strict contract negotiator.
Haslam went way out out the mainstream to bring in baseball analytics guru Paul Depodesta, with Brown serving as the only semblance of a checks and balances system.
Since Browns promotion, the organization has committed one fatal blunder after another. Browns first big move as VP was to trade down out of the No. 2 spot during the 2016 NFL Draft, thus hand delivering Carson Wentz to the Philadelphia Eagles.
This year, the Browns have beaten down their fan base by passing on Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft, giving Kenny Britt $10 million in guaranteed money, falling asleep at the wheel while Jimmy Garoppolo was available, and then botching the paperwork on the A.J. McCarron trade.
Perhaps Brown botched the AJ trade because he knew giving up a second and a third rounder was an awful business decision. Either way, if the intent was for him to be a placeholder, his time putting together the 53-man roster should be coming to an end.