With the introduction of Jimmy Haslam III as majority owner of the Cleveland Browns and subsequent retirment of Mike Holmgren as team president, it appears that general manager Tom Heckert feels that he will be the next man shown the door in Berea as the team prepares to build under the new regime.
Per The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot:
#Browns GM Tom Heckert, who’s drafted well, not optimistic about surviving this ownership change, league source told me.Changes after yr.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 16, 2012
Multipile sources have confirmed that Joe Banner will be named Browns CEO. The time spent with Heckert when both men were in Philadelphia has been given mixed reviews, though the general manager believes that the two had a solid working relationship. Since being named general manager of the Browns, Heckert has been responsible for the drafting of cornerback Joe Haden, defensive tackle Phil Taylor and wide receiver Josh Gordon. He traded up to acquire running back Trent Richardson and used an acquired pick to select quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Browns have gone 10-28 since Holmgren arrived in Cleveland.