Former Browns EVP Sashi Brown hired by Washington Wizards

Brown to serve as chief planning and operations officer

Daryl Ruiter
July 22, 2019 - 10:52 am

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Former Cleveland Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown has been hired by the Washington Wizards as the team’s chief planning and operations officer.

Brown spent five years in Cleveland, the last two as the top football executive that saw him oversee a complete tear down of the roster while acquiring significant draft capital and salary cap space while the team won just one game on the field.

Brown “will manage efforts relating to technology, finance, communications, security, research and player engagement” for Monumental Sports and Entertainment which owns and operates the NBA’s Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, NBA G-League Capital City Go-Go and NBA 2K League’s Wizards District Gaming.

“Both my wife and I are excited to come home to Washington D.C. and have this opportunity to join Monumental Sports,” Brown said in a video published on the Wizards website.

Brown began his legal career in D.C. working in private practice before making the leap to the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent eight years before being hired by the Browns in 2013 as executive vice president/general counsel.

“I look forward to bringing my experience and my expertise, my learning, my passion for basketball and professional sports to Monumental basketball operations,” Brown said. “My role is going to be to build a championship and world-class infrastructure for our entire basketball operations where we can share information and best practices across the Mystics, the Wizards, the Go-Go as well as District Gaming.”

Prior to being promoted following the firing of general manager Ray Farmer at the end of the 2015 season in Cleveland, Brown served as one of the Browns’ chief negotiators on the football as well as business side handling contracts for players and corporate partners in addition to providing legal expertise over a wide range of projects including broadcast agreements, licensing and intellectual property and the $125 million renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium.

Brown’s most controversial move as the Browns’ top football executive came prior to the 2016 NFL Draft that saw him trade out of the No. 2 with Philadelphia that saw the Eagles draft quarterback Carson Wentz.

Brown also took on Brock Osweiler’s $16 million contract from the Texans for a second-round draft pick. In 2017 Brown traded out of the No. 12 pick allowing the Texans to select quarterback Deshaun Watson but came away with three first rounders in that draft for Cleveland – defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1 along with safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku.

Brown and former head coach Hue Jackson clashed behind the scenes and their disagreements came to a head when Jackson attempted to acquire quarterback AJ McCarron at the Oct 31, 2017 trade deadline. Cincinnati sent in the required paperwork to the league office but Cleveland did not therefore nullifying the deal.

Peppers was sent to the New York Giants in March as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. blockbuster trade.

Brown was fired on Dec. 7, 2017 and replaced hours later by John Dorsey, who has since used the team’s prime draft position and cap space created by Brown to flip the roster and return the franchise to contention for the first time in over a decade.