As we continue to hear from more and more folks that (possibly former) Browns G.M. George Kokinis was escorted out of the Browns’ facility on Monday, we’re told that the Browns have had a consultant “in the building” for the past week.
Though there’s no specific evidence at this point that a connection exists between Kokinis’ departure and the presence of a consultant, the leap of logic is slightly smaller than the Snake River Canyon.
Given the recent termination of director of football operations Erin O’Brien, it’s also possible that the “consultant” was retained not only to help improve the franchise, but also to develop evidence to support the termination of one or more officials with cause, which would block their entitlement to ongoing salary for the duration of their contracts.
Owner Randy Lerner currently is paying the ongoing wages of former coach Romeo Crennel and former G.M. Phil Savage.
Lerner suggested Sunday that he would like to hire an upper-level executive. Lerner’s words implied that he’s interested in someone who would essentially run the football operations and supervise the head coach and the General Manager. It could be that the new hire will operate essentially as a G.M., possibly with some of the scouting duties deferred to a director of player personnel.