More changes are happening at the Cleveland Browns front office with the most significant being Alec Scheiner steeping down as president of the team. Scheiner had served in this capacity for two years and will continue to serve as a consultant to the team through the end of 2016.
“We greatly appreciate Alec’s commitment and work as President of the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam during a recent press conferance. “Alec is extremely capable and has helped us establish some very positive inroads with a significant focus on our fan experience, FirstEnergy Stadium and our business partners. He was integral to the rebuild of our organization, the renovations of our stadium and training facility, and many of our strategies on the football side of our business. His guidance has helped us accelerate our learning curve as NFL owners and that is something we will always appreciate. Alec is ready for the next challenge in his career, as our new structure would limit the opportunity for his leadership. He is one of the most talented executives in the industry, and we are fully confident that Alec will be successful in whatever permanent role he takes next. We wish him and his family only the best.”
During Scheiner’s tenure as Cleveland Browns president he oversaw the extensive renovation and transformation of FirstEnergy Stadium. He also was instrumental in the renovation of the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio. Many of the game day fan experience innovations came from his office as well as updating the team’s digital, audio and broadcast media.
“I have had an incredible experience with the Browns,” said Scheiner. “Cleveland is amazing and the fans are uniquely passionate. I want to thank Dee and Jimmy Haslam for the opportunity to do what I truly love: rebuilding an organization with a group of people who have shown unparalleled hard work, commitment to their team and city. I look forward to helping the Browns over the next several months as I determine my next challenge.”
In other Cleveland Browns News, the team re-signed LB Tank Carder who was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Additionally, the Cleveland Browns signed DL Jamie Meder and RB Raheem Mostert as exclusive rights free agents. Extended qualifying offers were also given to free agents DB Don Jones, OL Austin Pasztor, WR Terrelle Pryor and LB Scott Solomon. What this means is that in the case of Jones (7th), Pryor (3rd), or Solomon (7th) signing an offer sheet with another team the Browns have right of first refusal which would result in a draft choice compensation equal to the player’s original draft round. In Paszto’s case (who was undrafted) the Browns would have right of first refusal.