April 21, 2014

NFL News: Browns hire Jacksonville general counsel Sashi Brown

It doesn’t give a clear indication over who might be the team’s next GM, but the Browns announced yet another front office hire today. The great Jason La Canfora for CBS Sports has the news:

Sashi Brown, a lawyer by practice who graduated from Harvard Law School, had worked for the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2005. According to the team website, he “advises the franchise in a variety of legal and business matters. His responsibilities include contract negotiation, employment matters, insurance and risk management, intellectual property and licensing issues and litigation management.”

This is the third high-profile, exclusively non-football hire announced by the team this offseason. The chain of command in the Browns front office now has owner Jimmy Haslam III at the top, followed by CEO Joe Banner. Former Dallas Cowboys general counsel Alec Scheiner is the team’s new president. Former San Diego Padres executive Brent Stehlik is the team’s new executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

Semi-related: The Browns official team website still has Mike Holmgren as the team president. And it’s not far-fetched to see some familiar names in the non-football, executive landscape to potentially be let go because of the presence of Brown, Scheiner and Stehlik.

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  • Natedawg86

    I was hoping we would hire him

  • WFNY_DP

    “…makes it clear the next GM likely to be more of a talent evaluator…”

    Well, that rules out Lombardi.

  • bossman09

    If the browns were going to hire lombardi, wouldn’t it have happened by now? Ever day that passes and he doesn’t get hired seems like a day closer to NOT hiring him.

  • Hypno_Toad

    There’s this Heckert guy I’ve heard a lot about. Supposedly good at finding talent in the draft. Doesn’t really sign free agents though, so he’d probably be perfect for us.

  • http://twitter.com/irregulara Scott Johnson

    Is there a Super Bowl for well-negotiated Player contracts? I think we can do this.

  • REEPJP

    This is a serious question….how many tough/big contracts has this guy had to negotiate? Chad Henne? Laurent Robinson? Jacksonville never has big free agent signings and their biggest star since he’s been there has been MJD….the guy they swear they aren’t going to re-negotiate his contract (and he subsequently held out). I guess it says he specializes in risk management. Maybe he is a tarot card reader and predicted the injuries to MJD this year, passing the info on to their big wigs to not extend….if this is the case, sign me up for those voodoo spirits!

  • Harv 21

    My biggest regret about this is his name – THAT close to Sushi Brown, which would have been the best name for a General Counsel ever. Maybe even spawned some adventure movie scripts.

  • Garry_Owen

    Sounds good to me. Where’d he come from?

  • Garry_Owen

    There are days after law school where you stop and question the route that you’ve taken when you see what other people are doing with their degree. This is one of those days . . . sigh.

  • http://twitter.com/adbrowning Aaron Browning

    I am not sure what I think about hiring Lombardi as GM. What do you think, good idea or bad idea?

  • Garry_Owen

    Really want to jump in here . . . continue the hijacking . . . just . . . too . . . early.

  • mgbode

    well, he came from his mommy and daddy. you see, when a man loves a woman…

  • Garry_Owen

    What’s love got to do, got to do with it?