Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was already irked by the team's 28-24 loss to the Steelers to fall to 0-16.

But he really got hot under the collar when asked about a buzz in the Cleveland business community that he might want to sell the team.

"I don't know where that would come from,'' he said while holding court outside the Browns' locker room. "That really aggravates me. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our commitment to the community and team ... our execution might not be very good and I'll take all the grief for that, but commitment, you can't question.

"So I unequivocally say that's false and plan on owning the Browns for a long time and turning this franchise around.''

Since Haslam agreed to buy in the team in 2012, the Browns have gone 20-76. Since the sale closed, he's gone 19-70, and he's 15-65 with people he's hired.

The Browns are in the midst of the worst two- and three-season stretches in NFL history: 1-31 over two and 4-44 over three.