Browns 'mutually part ways' with GM John Dorsey

The Cleveland Browns are wiping the slate clean ... again. Just two days after firing head coach Freddie Kitchens after a single season, the Browns have “mutually parted ways” with general manager John Dorsey.

The sticking point appears to be an organization restructure that included Dorsey changing jobs. Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released a statement on Tuesday that explained the move.

"We have a great appreciation for John and all he has done with the Cleveland Browns. He has helped create a foundation that we need to continue to develop and build upon. While John helped greatly improve our team’s talent and we are excited about the core players on our roster, we fully recognized that our team did not meet its potential on or off the field and additional changes in leadership give us the best opportunity for success in the future. As the role of the general manager continues to evolve in this league we felt there were areas that needed to be reassessed. Over the last 48 hours, we’ve had discussion with John about his role but could not come to an agreement on a position that would enable him to remain with the organization.”

Dorsey has been with the Browns since 2017, and had two years left on his contract which the Browns will have to pay out.

Looking at the head coaching landscape the candidates the Browns hope to attract, it’s not a surprise that they’ve once again fired their GM in an attempt to reset their organization and find a path to success. A team can do that only so many times before resetting (aka firing everyone) is the only thing it knows how to do. Dorsey is the sixth GM (or de facto GM) the Browns have employed in the past decade, and all were either fired or left the organization under duress.

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BEREA, OH - JULY 27, 2018: Running backs coach Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns watches a drill during a training camp practice on July 27, 2018 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9, 2018: Running backs coach Freddie Kitchens on the field prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 9, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The game ended in a tie 21-21. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens looks on during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28, 2018: Running back coach Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns watches the action from the sideline in the fourth quarter of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 28, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 33-18. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 04: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens on the field during warm-ups prior to the National Football League game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns on November 4, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 4, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns yells toward players in the third quarter of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 4, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Kansas City won 37-21. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 11, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns talks with quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 in the third quarter of a game against the Atlanta Falcons on November 11, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 28-16. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens on the field prior to a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 25, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland won 35-20. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns talks with quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 prior to a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 25, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland won 35-20. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns on the sideline in the first quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 25, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland won 35-20. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 9, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns talks with quarterback Baker Mayfield prior to a game against the Carolina Panthers on December 9, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 26-20. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens on the field prior to the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on December 23, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens looks on during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens on the field prior to the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on December 23, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens on the field prior to the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on December 23, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23, 2018: Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns on the sideline prior to a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 23, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 26-18. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 30, 2018: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 30, 2018 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 26-24. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
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There’s no word on the future of Alonzo Highsmith, vice president of player personnel. However, he may be leaving of his own accord as he has reportedly emerged as a candidate to run the football program at his alma mater, the University of Miami.

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