Browns fire team CFO Keenan

Updated: January 17, 2010, 9:28 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have fired Mike Keenan, the team's president before Mike Holmgren was hired earlier this month.

Team spokesman Neal Gulkis confirmed Keenan's dismissal Saturday. Keenan had joined the Browns in 2006 after serving on the NFL management council. He was promoted to president in 2008.

Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that team vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte is also expected to be let go. She is expected to join the Miami Dolphins' front office.

Keenan was demoted to chief financial officer when Holmgren joined the team Jan. 5.

One of Keenan's primary roles was to represent owner Randy Lerner at league meetings. He also worked on contract negotiations and salary-cap matters.

Keenan's future with the Browns became clouded with the arrival of Bryan Wiedmeier, who was hired away by Holmgren from the Dolphins. Wiedmeier became Cleveland's president of business administration Monday.

Less than a year ago, when Keenan attempted to hire Aponte away from the NFL office, the Browns became the first organization to be charged with tampering with an NFL employee and were fined $50,000, according to league sources.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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