Browns owner Jimmy Haslam took a moment during Monday’s news conference to speak not from the heart, but the checkbook.

In defending his decision to fire coach Rob Chudzinski one season into a four-year contact, Haslam went bottom line on his audience.

“I’ll say one other thing: These are expensive moves,” the owner said. “We’re not only just saying it; we’re talking with our pocketbook. These are not cheap moves to make. I’m not saying that should be the guiding factor, but we are doing everything we can to get this right.”

In what has become an almost annual tradition, the Browns will pay a head coach not to work for them next season. In fact, they will pay two of them, as Pat Shurmur still had two years remaining on his deal when he was sacked at the end of the last season.

The Sopranos might have glamorized no-work jobs, but few retain more than the Browns. Compiling figures from various media reports, the franchise has been scheduled to pay six fired head coaches approximately $49 million not to show up in Berea.

Put another way, the sum could cover the city’s cost for FirstEnergy Stadium renovations -- $30 million over the next 15 years – with plenty left over for down payments on Browns' All-Pro free agents Alex Mack and T.J. Ward.

Most settlements are not made public, so some figures could vary. Often, however, they get leaked to the media. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Monday the Browns owed Chudzinski about $10.5 million over the next three years. Shurmur was due roughly $5.6 million at the time of his dismissal.