Alec Scheiner Stepping Down as Browns President: Latest Details and Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2016

Cleveland Browns president Alec Scheiner talks to students at Grindstone Elementary school in Berea, Ohio during a community event Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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Cleveland Browns President Alec Scheiner will step down from his current role on March 31, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who cited a team announcement Friday.

"We greatly appreciate Alec's commitment and work as president of the Cleveland Browns," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement posted to the team's official website. "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."

Scheiner, who will still serve as a consultant throughout the remainder of the year, according to the team statement, thanked the organization for entrusting him with such a significant front office role: 

I have had an incredible experience with the Browns. 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.

While it's unclear who will step into Scheiner's role, the Browns have reshuffled their front office throughout the offseason. Sashi Brown was named the team's executive vice president of football operations in January, and the team also recently hired former New York Mets front office mind Paul DePodesta to serve as its chief strategy officer. 

With a restructured and revamped front office, a new head coach in Hue Jackson and the second pick in the 2016 draft, the Browns have a chance to accelerate their rebuild in a big way as they build upon the foundation Scheiner helped lay after he was hired in January 2013.