The move ends a late-season power struggle that nearly led to the firing of Browns’ general manager Phil Savage.
In a statement, team owner Randy Lerner says Collins has stepped down and that Savage and coach Romeo Crennel will stay in their current roles. Lerner says he’ll temporarily assume Collins’s duties.
Lerner says there are no candidates to replace Collins and he has not set a time frame for bringing another executive on board. The team owner says his priority is to give the GM and head coach whatever they need to make the Browns successful.
The Browns finished 6-and-10 this season.
News release from the Browns
STATEMENT FROM BROWNS OWNER RANDY LERNER
“John Collins has resigned his position as President and CEO of the Cleveland Browns. Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel will remain in their current roles and I will assume the responsibilities left open by John’s departure. It is my expectation that the role of President will be filled although there are no current candidates or time frame set to do so. My priority is to give the General Manager and Head Coach all the resources necessary to make the Browns successful.”
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