By the time all of these hires are done, I'm not going to know who is supposed to do what. According to Jason La Canfora, the Cleveland Browns have hired former Jacksonville Jaguars general counsel Sashi Brown. La Canfora explains what Brown's role is expected to be:
Browns have hired Jags general counsel Sashi Brown, adding to front office. Browns handles contracts and negotiations ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2013
The Brown hiring seems to makes it clear the next GM likely to be move of a talent evaluator, and less with the cap/contracts— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2013
This sounds like something Joe Banner was supposed to specialize in. When La Canfora was asked, "wait, I thought this was Banner's specialty," he responded, "[Banner] has a lot of hats to wear [in Cleveland]. Delegating some stuff; he'll be pretty involved in football operations I imagine."
Our Jaguars affiliate, Big Cat Country, had the following to say about losing Brown:
Brown originally joined the Jaguars in the 2005 offseason. During his seven seasons with the Jaguars, Brown handled contract negotiation, employment matters, insurance and risk management, intellectual property and licensing issues and litigation management.
It is said that Brown is who caught the clause in Tim Tebow's contract when the Denver Broncos were trying to trade him, which required teams to pay back part of a salary advance that the Broncos had given Tebow.
Here is Brown's profile over at the Jaguars' official team site. If we're keeping track of the non-football hires the Browns have made this season and the titles they hold, then here they are:
- Jimmy Haslam, Owner
- Joe Banner, CEO
- Alec Scheiner, Team President
- Brent Stehlik, Executive VP and Chief Revenue Officer
It is unclear what Brown's exact title will be, but I suppose he could be making a lateral move if Jacksonville was willing to let him go.