Sashi Brown’s cap space, draft picks made Browns’ trades possible

AP

Browns fans celebrating the team’s flurry of trades should thank the man who was run out of town last year: Sashi Brown.

Brown was the General Manager who has been lambasted for building the Cleveland roster that went 1-31 the last two years. He was fired for the team’s failures, and particularly for trading away the draft picks that became Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.

But Brown’s strategy was always about building for the future, not about winning in 2016 and 2017. And Brown is the one who left the Browns with the most cap space in the NFL, and the most draft capital in the NFL. Having extra cap space and draft picks is why the Browns were able to trade for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was on board with Brown’s long-term approach, until one day last year he decided he wasn’t, and fired him. Haslam replaced Brown with John Dorsey, who is now drawing praise for this week’s trades.

Dorsey, however, should be thanking Brown. Dorsey inherited a bad team, but he inherited a good situation: No G.M. in the NFL has more cap space and draft picks than Dorsey, all because of the way Brown spent the last two years building for the future.

69 responses to “Sashi Brown’s cap space, draft picks made Browns’ trades possible

  1. Brown did a job, but you don’t keep the demolition specialists on and ask them to build your new house,

  2. Miami has to be the dummest team in the NFL.
    While landry is not worth 16mil per year IMO at least, you gave him up for a 4th round pick. Seriously! You drafted him in the second round, he definitely exceeded expectations but then you trade him for a lesser pick than you originally drafted him for whiles he is in his prime.. then buffalo is able to get a 3rd round pick for Taylor.. you just can’t make this stuff up.

  3. All 3 guys aren’t worth Wentz, probably not Watson either. And they proably still could have traded for Landry and/or Randall without the extra picks.

  4. Why is anyone impressed with these trades? A 4th for a slot WR on the franchise tag while you have Coleman and Gordon on your roster with a solid WR draft class on the horizon?

  5. Also surprised they didn’t fire Hue. He’s had ZERO talent to work with and the results have been poor…..as expected. Totally lost organization to okay the move to empty the talent off the shelves to make space and then change GM’s instead of just telling Sahi to restock shelves. Bad employer, bad team.

  6. The past two years have been awful record wise but Sashi did put the team in the position to make all the trades yesterday and also a ton of great picks. Thank you Sashi.

  7. Drafting Carson Wentz is building for the future. Trading that pick away ensures that the Browns will keep drafting early for years to come.

  8. And I would trade all the additional draft picks and cap space for a good franchise QB like Wentz, Watson, or maybe even McCarron. But alas, Sashi.

  9. He’s so smart he traded for Osweiler and his salary to get a second round pick. Paid what 17 million for a second round pick? Yeah he was a genius

  10. They should also be thanking Sashi for deliberately sabotaging the AJ McCarron trade right before the deadline. That was a HORRIBLE potential trade.

  11. The Browns were in a very bad situation. I think Sashi did the right thing for the long-term. But I’m not surprised they decided they had to let him go last year. But the tremendous amount of salary-cap space they have, and the boatload of draft picks (including more to come in 2019) have put them in a tremendous position.

    We’ll never know if Sashi would have been able to pull all of the right levers this year to make the Browns competitive. We also don’t know yet that Dorsey can.

    But I don’t think Sashi should be viewed as having been a disaster. I think that’s grossly unfair. He had a plan, last year was supposed to be the last year of significant losing, and he got jettisoned during it. That was only his 2nd season in Cleveland.

  12. I don’t think it was some type of a genius that created this situation
    It was just fall out from incompetence, I mean He missed on Wentz and
    Deshaun and went for Kiser and he’s already been traded.

  13. …and they trade a 3rd rounder for Tie Rod Taylor – you could give the Browns 12 first round picks and they would still screw up the draft

  14. At some point, you have to parlay that capital into PLAYERS who can help you win. Sashi may have been good at “accumulating capital” but he never showed he was any good at parlaying it into “on field assets”. Of course, giving up a third for Tyrod Taylor seems a bit odd…..

  15. Sashi Brown has the Brown’s in excellent position. Two top 5 picks in a QB heavy draft alone is enough to sing his praises.

    You can’t rave about the butterfly without appreciating the caterpillar.

  16. Gee Thanks Sashi Brown for turning the Browns into the A’s of Football. Brown would have flipped those picks for even more picks. Cap space and draft picks don’t win Championships or even 2 games in 2 seasons.

  17. Congratulations! 3 years and 1-31 and now they’re an average NFL team. And no qb yet the most important position. Might even go 8-8 this year! Woohoo!

  18. GM’s are hired to accumulate Lombardi Trophies, not draft picks. I’ll take Howie Roseman’s approach. Roseman was a quick study, and determined the way to win was through astute talent evaluations. He traded away draft picks to grab an elite QB who, in only his second season, put his team in position to win the super bowl. Sahshi Brown didn’t believe in the science of evaluating talent, so instead he bought into the dart throwing philosophy. The more darts you throw, the better chance of getting “lucky” in the draft. That philosophy only works if you get lucky a lot. Roseman hired a great talent evaluator, Joe Douglas, and the rest is history. So Sahsi’s team, once again has the 1st pick. Roseman’s team has the 32nd pick. If Sashi was still around, he’d probably pick the wrong player again, and continue to lose. Roseman and Douglas will likely find a stud at #32, and keep winning. It’s all about evaluations, not draft picks.

  19. @ Arun Krishnan
    If I could give this a 👍🏼 1000 times, I would.
    No one questioned Sashi’s intelligence with analytics, but talent evaluation in the NFL is totally different.

  20. sashi knew mccarron would win his arbitration for FAgency.

    that’s why he nixed the trade?

  21. I think what did Sashi in was purposely sabotaging the AJ McCarron trade that Hugh Jackson was agitating for. It poisoned trust and made the Browns an even bigger laughing stock. Even though it turned out well for the Browns.

  22. Yes. Brown should get credit for building for the future by passing on not one but two franchise QBs.

    If you’re always building for the future, you never get there.

  23. Again this whole mess was Haslam’s doing. Sashi was just carrying out the agreed upon plan (which was asinine to begin with). Of course it was Hue’s face that the public saw with every mounting loss. Hue drove the wedge to save his future coaching career. He bypassed Sashi and orchestrated the McCarron trade. Sashi by this time knew that the moneyball plan was finished in Cleveland and so he intentionally filed the trade papers late to spite Hue.
    Complete new regimes like the Browns current (Dorsey) and past (Policy,Savage,Holmgren,Banner,Farmer) take time to form successfully. They should medicate Haslam and keep his finger off the big red button.

  24. I never understood the “draft pick that became X” argument. Who’s to say both teams would have drafted the same guy? What if the other team blows the pick on a bust? Then it makes it OK to trade the pick?

  25. Sashi Brown deserves absolutely no credit for anything. Any one of us could have gutted the roster and traded down to acquire picks. The difference is 95 % of us could have drafted better and would not have signed malcontent WR in back to back seasons.

  26. Let’s not act like he did something amazing here. Strip your team of all talent, trade away everything for futures, and ruin football for Brown’s fans for two years.

    I love the three trades from yesterday but as a lifelong Brown’s fan – I’ll approach it with some trepidation.

  27. Yet, the Browns are still seeking their franchise quarterback, even after trading for Taylor. The fact that Sashi Brown passed up the chance to take Wentz, shows that it was a stupid move.

  28. Run the ball and stop the run. Browns should run with Tyrod, draft Barkley, deal #4 and still get another impact player and additional picks. Sashi teed up the ball like a genius. Never will know if he could have actually built a team, but he’s proven capable of cleaning up a mess and conjuring a palette that lets the imagination run wild.

  29. Who cares what Browns strategy was. He passed over good players to keep trading back. He let good players go and got mostly crappy ones.

    The team team one won game in two years. His strategy sucked.

    No one should thank Sashi Brown, and you can bet your butt that if Sashi was still there, these things wouldn’t be happening.

    Remember, they still don’t have a franchise QB, and Taylor and the #1 or #4 pick aren’t sure things.

    Meanwhile Watson and Wentz, basically are, and they specifically traded those picks… among many other things.

    Brown put the Browns fans through hell, and now hopefully for their sake, the new regime can take the assets and actually do something with them.

    Thanking Sashi Brown reinforces a loser mindset.

  30. Let’s not pretend that Sashi Clown came up with some genius idea to accumulate draft picks to build the Browns. The truth is the habit of kicking draft picks into “next year” every year and passing on great players has been going on in Cleveland since Mangini in 2009. It has been a massive part of the problem. Even still, before Sashi the Browns at least hit on some picks.

    The plan was to build off an already solid Offensive line, young RB and a Defense with several promising pieces. What the Browns needed was a franchise QB, and some impact players. Instead we have such a huge amount of salary available because Sashi purged the team of all of its younger talent.

    We have a dozen draft picks and $100 million in salary cap because Sashi Clown was horrible at his job, not because of some fake narrative about 5 year plans . The guy wasted almost two dozen draft picks on no impact, backup caliber players, passed on multiple franchise defining QB’s, soiled the Browns with agents so bad it is going to take years to try and fix our reputation in free agency and created a situation where we are having to trade for good players in order to dig ourselves out of the hole Sashi Brown put us in.

    The truth and hardcore reality is Sashi Clown was the worst GM in Browns history and the guy sunk a team that was a franchise QB away from playoff ready to historic levels of horrible. Food riddance and thank you for nothing.

  31. Genius moves really. I mean, who wants Carson Wentz or Deshaun Watson when you can save those picks, lose 31 games and get Tyrod Taylor. It’s solid personnel management and I can’t imagine this doesn’t help his chances at a spot in Canton one day..

  32. I do thank Sashi! If it wasn’t for him the Eagles would not have Carson Wentz. Thank you!

    I wish he was still in Cleveland. Philly needs a 2nd and 3rd round pick, I’m sure he could help.

  33. I don’t know…..giving up an early third round pick for Tyrod who most likely would have been cut is a cause for concern. 65th overall pick is a pretty decent spot to give up for a bridge QB on a rebuilding team.

  34. The truth is how good are these trades exactly? Jarvis landry is a slot wr. Tyrod taylor isnt a great qb. Randall hasnt lived up to his potential.
    If he actually makes some good picks then lets talk

  35. I could have done what Brown did, anyone can collect draft picks and cap space. The part that requires skill is turning the draft picks in to good players and spending the cap space wisely

  36. Sashi, seriously you thought Tyrod Taylor was worthy of a very high 3rd round pick? No wonder the Browns never get anywhere, most of the other teams take advantage of their lack of football acumen.

  37. This is why I’ve been saying the Browns’ GM job should have been the most coiveted in all of football. You inherit the best cap/draft pick situation in football and they’re starved for a winner.

    You win there and you will own the city.

  38. xavier179 says:
    March 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    Sashi, seriously you thought Tyrod Taylor was worthy of a very high 3rd round pick? No wonder the Browns never get anywhere, most of the other teams take advantage of their lack of football acumen.

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    Sashi was fired. The new GM who inherited the bounty from Sashi made the trade.

  39. Regardless of how they got where they are, the Browns need to fix their recent issues. They had 7 first round picks from 2012-2015. None are still on the roster. 2 are out of the league completely, 1 hasn’t played a snap in 2 years and 1 is still serving a year long suspension. THAT’s what needs to change. They better hope Hue Jackson is better than his 1-31 record says he is because if they continue to lose this year all these picks they will make might not fit into the next guy’s plans.

  40. Dorsey’s main job is to save Haslam’s behind because it really was Haslam who was behind this catastrophe the last few years. The only silver lining behind the Browns total embarrassment, if there is such a thing, is that it shamed Haslam into finally letting a true football guy have final authority and not him. Sashi and Farmer, etc. were just carrying out Haslam’s orders. Haslam was always in charge of personnel before Dorsey.

  41. The whole Sashi Brown era was a financial scam. Here is how it worked. Trade down in the draft for cheap later picks bringing in lots of cheap young players and avoiding paying big contracts to high picks. Then dump high salaried veterans under the guise of allowing cheaper younger players to play. This generated a very cheap payroll every year creating instant, guaranteed profits. Repeat every year.

  42. sheetolay says:
    March 10, 2018 at 9:41 am
    Again this whole mess was Haslam’s doing. Sashi was just carrying out the agreed upon plan (which was asinine to begin with). Of course it was Hue’s face that the public saw with every mounting loss. Hue drove the wedge to save his future coaching career. He bypassed Sashi and orchestrated the McCarron trade. Sashi by this time knew that the moneyball plan was finished in Cleveland and so he intentionally filed the trade papers late to spite Hue.
    Complete new regimes like the Browns current (Dorsey) and past (Policy,Savage,Holmgren,Banner,Farmer) take time to form successfully. They should medicate Haslam and keep his finger off the big red button.

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    Out of all those guys you named, only Phil Savage has any idea about how to build a football team. The other guys are very, very good talkers, but they’re not real football people. Holmgren was a good coach, he’s just not a GM. Policy and Banner are brilliant men. Just not football guys. Farmer is a nice guy. I agree that Haslam is quick to pull the trigger, but the problem was that he hired the wrong guys, not that he got rid of them. You’d think eventually he’d get lucky. Dorsey is a football guy, but he’s just not a very good one. I guess he’ll have an opportunity to prove me wrong. For the sake of Browns’ fans, I hope he proves me wrong. I’ll be among his biggest fans if he does.

  43. football2011 says:
    March 10, 2018 at 7:24 pm
    The whole Sashi Brown era was a financial scam. Here is how it worked. Trade down in the draft for cheap later picks bringing in lots of cheap young players and avoiding paying big contracts to high picks. Then dump high salaried veterans under the guise of allowing cheaper younger players to play. This generated a very cheap payroll every year creating instant, guaranteed profits. Repeat every year.
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    Not a great plan. They still have to hit the salary floor so they are paying somebody regardless

  44. As a 49ers fan who experienced Trent Baalke just because someone was cheap in free agency and accumulated picks doesn’t mean they did a good job. It’s all about what you do with the space and picks.

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