Browns say John Dorsey is out as GM: ‘Our team did not meet its potential’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW)--  John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns have parted ways.

The team confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon and released statements from both the Haslams and Dorsey.

"We have a great appreciation for John and all he has done with the Cleveland Browns. He has helped create a foundation that we need to continue to develop and build upon. While John helped greatly improve our team’s talent and we are excited about the core players on our roster, we fully recognized that our team did not meet its potential on or off the field and additional changes in leadership give us the best opportunity for success in the future. As the role of the general manager continues to evolve in this league we felt there were areas that needed to be reassessed. Over the last 48 hours, we’ve had discussion with John about his role but could not come to an agreement on a position that would enable him to remain with the organization.

“As we conveyed on Sunday and our players reiterated yesterday, bringing in a strong leader with our head coach is our priority. Our process to improve upon the leadership will allow the flexibility to ensure we create the best partnership between our future head coach and general manager. We know the road of our tenure as stewards of this franchise has been a test of patience as we all want the success that our fans so deserve and we are relentlessly committed to and working towards. We fully appreciate, understand and empathize with our fans as we work towards our ultimate goal of building a championship-level football team," the Haslams wrote.

John Dorsey said in a statement, “When I took this job, the history of this storied franchise and the passion of our fans was an integral part of my decision. It is that same understanding and desire to see these fans enjoy the success they are so deserving of that helped me conclude, along with Jimmy and Dee, that it was best to part ways as they embark on the search for a new head coach. I know how critical the relationship is between a general manager and head coach and I also know how critical it is that the Browns have a strong leader in their next coach. I have a great appreciation for the men and women I have worked with since being in Cleveland and my family has the same love and appreciation for this community and are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this journey.”

ESPN's Adam Schefter was one of the first to report Dorsey was out as GM.

Schefter tweeted the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a future re-structure of the organization.

Earlier, Schefter tweeted the team and Dorsey were "leaning toward" parting ways.

Schefter earlier said "this is a fluid and not final situation."

He reported that Dorsey met Tuesday with Browns' owner Jimmy Haslam to finalize details.

The news comes shortly after the firing of Cleveland Browns Head Coach Freddie Kitchens following the team's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Media availability had been scheduled with Dorsey earlier Tuesday, but it was canceled.

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