Dee and Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns from Randy Lerner in 2012. Lerner had inherited the workforce from his father, Al, who was a buddy of Modell’s and was with him when the transfer was introduced in Baltimore.
A roster tear-down produced the worst two-year stretch — 1-31 in 2016 and ’17 — in workforce historical past, and the Browns have averaged simply 4 wins per season throughout the Haslams’ possession.
There have been indicators of hope, although, and the 2020 membership is seen as a severe playoff menace, ought to quarterback Baker Mayfield regain the promise he displayed as a rookie in 2018.
The Haslams, whose household owns the Pilot Flying J chain of truck stops, introduced their son-in-law, James Wooden Johnson III, into the fold in a full-time position in 2018. Johnson and his spouse, Whitney Haslam Johnson, have been established as the next in line, although Dee and Jimmy, every 66, don’t have any plans of leaving anytime quickly.
The identical may very well be true of the Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium, which underwent a $125 million renovation that was accomplished in 2015. The workforce has, nonetheless, been learning the opportunity of a significant improvement that seemingly would come with one other renovation of its venue, which is now tied with Nissan Stadium in Nashville because the league’s 12th-oldest.
A “regarding mixture of auto and pedestrian site visitors” and “the dearth of a correct connection to downtown” are key sticking factors because the Browns mull their future, chief working officer David Jenkins has told Crain’s.
What’s sure is the Haslams don’t have any designs on leaving city, and the workforce has 9 seasons remaining on its lease at FES. A greater query is whether or not their newest regime change can lastly flip round a franchise that’s 101-234-1 in 21 seasons post-Modell.