CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns’ new executive VP of football operations has been a man on the rise in the sports business world. Brown was named to the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list in 2015.
Brown, named the team’s executive VP of football operations on Sunday, was hired as the executive vice president/general counsel by the Browns in January 2013. This season marked Brown’s 11th in the NFL. Brown will have “ultimate say over the roster,” according to Haslam.
Brown has overseen the team’s salary cap, negotiations of player contracts and worked closely with fired general manager Ray Farmer.
“Sashi, I believe, is the right person to do this for the Cleveland Browns,” owner Jimmy Haslam said on Sunday. “He’s been in the NFL for 10-plus years, has been involved in the cap and has been heavily involved in our football administration and operations for the last year or two. He’s very smart, very organized, good at systems and processes and an outstanding team player. He’s also very strategic so we will use those skills and working for him will be a GM whose primary job will be talent acquisition.”