Cleveland Browns: Report Says Jim Brown Finished With Team for Good

Keith BennettCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2010

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 7:  Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown speaks with the media on the sidelines during the Browns' game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 7, 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 27-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jim Brown is taking the high road in his dismissal as the Browns' executive adviser.

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown apparently won't be in attendance as the Cleveland Browns unveil their Ring of Honor next month. Sources have said that Brown was fired by new President Mike Holmgren in a meeting months ago, and that owner Randy Lerner did not intercede.

Brown's six-figure salary has been removed from the Cleveland Browns payroll. He has not officially notified the team that he won't attend the ceremony at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 19, although his wife, Monique Brown, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer not to expect him. He said he would be available to the Browns if he were called, but he has no idea what the future holds. Holmgren offered Brown a reduced rule and a pay cut to stay on, but Brown declined.

"I'm sure we've seen the last of Jim Brown around these parts," said one source. This is a big dis to Brown, the team and city he put on the map.