Report: Browns offered Mark Shapiro front office job in August

Toronto Blue Jays president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Paul DePodesta wasn’t the only prominent MLB executive that interested the Cleveland Browns.

According to a report from Tony Grossi of, the Browns offered a front office position to Toronto Blue Jays CEO and president Mark Shapiro this past summer.

It remains unclear if Shapiro was offered a job with the Browns prior to leaving the Cleveland Indians for the the Blue Jays.

Shapiro worked for the Indians front office from 1991-2015 in various roles before the Blue Jays officially hired him at the end of August to replace outgoing CEO and president Paul Beeston.

The long-time MLB executive does not have any experience working with a professional football team but is the brother-and-law of former Browns head coach and current San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini.

The Browns officially hired DePodesta, a former colleague of Shapiro and longtime baseball executive, as the club’s new chief strategy officer on Tuesday.