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The Cleveland Browns wasted little time revamping their front office, hiring former Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey on Thursday night.

“We are thrilled to have John Dorsey lead our football operations,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning football teams and is highly respected for his football acumen.  We know we have a critical and very positive opportunity ahead of us to profoundly impact the foundation of this football team.  Bringing in someone of John Dorsey’s caliber, his track record of success and his experience, significantly strengthens our opportunities to build a winning football team and that has been, and continues to be, what we want for our fans.”

Dorsey's arrival came just hours after the ouster of previous personnel czar Sashi Brown, who was fired Thursday morning after the team went 1-27 since he took control of the roster last year.

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Dorsey was surprisingly let go by the Chiefs earlier this year despite his role in building a team that could reach the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters and Tyreek Hill were among players he drafted.

Dorsey also spent 22 years working for the Packers and won two Super Bowl rings in that span.

He inherits a team loaded with draft picks, including including two first rounders and three second rounders in 2018, and flush with cap space for future spending in free agency.

But Dorsey will have to figure out the quarterback conundrum Brown failed to solve after bypassing opportunities to draft Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.

“Football is what I know, it is what I love, it is what I have worked my whole career at and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning football team,” said Dorsey. “I have spent a majority of my football life with two franchises that also have storied history and I think I have a feel for the mentality of the fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success this franchise once had. I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I didn’t think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with Hue, his staff, and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve.”

The swift hiring of Dorsey will likely force the Haslams to answer questions about adherence to the Rooney Rule, which mandates the participation of at least one minority candidate in the interview process.

John Wooten, chairman of Fritz Pollard Alliance, told USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell via text message: "I think John Dorsey is a top-quality GM. I am livid that the Browns would totally ignore the work all of us do to make the Rooney Rule meaningful."

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