Holmgren Leaves Cleveland without a Deal

It looks like Mike Holmgren has left Cleveland without a deal. The Plain Dealer is reporting that Holmgren left town about 5pm today without a deal:

The romancing of Mike Holmgren as head of Browns football operations continued in earnest on Tuesday when Holmgren completed a second day of visiting.

After dining with owner Randy Lerner and other operatives on Monday night, Holmgren met with Browns coaches and other personnel in the team’s facility on Tuesday. A Browns spokesman confirmed Holmgren’s visit during the day but said the team had no further comment.

The presence of agent Bob LaMonte strongly indicated that negotiations were taking place. Holmgren and LaMonte left the facility at about 5 p.m., however, apparently without a deal in hand.

Two NFL sources contacted on Tuesday said that Holmgren, 61, might command a price tag in the virgin territory of $10 million a year to oversee all aspects of the Browns’ football operations.

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2 Responses to “Holmgren Leaves Cleveland without a Deal”

  1. Denolakes says:

    This guy lives in Seattle and is settled there. Let’s face it, moving the Land of Cleve versus staying is Seattle is going to require some pretty hefty incentives, I should think. I wouldn’t make a move like this without talking to my spouse, no matter what the $$; I would think that Holmgren is at least that respectful of his spouse, as well. It can be attractive; this team has a lot of history that some of its players understand and ache to renew. Cleveland in playoff time with a legitimately competitive team is like no other environment. I still have the memories of the 60s, the Cardiac Kids and the Kosar-era teams to draw upon for my beliefs. It can be done. It needs the right will and the right mentality. We’ll see if Lerner has learned anything.

  2. ButchGavlen says:

    At the same time, when the figures start to elevate into the Millions, I’d be more inclined to be telling my spouse as opposed to talking to her about moving….but i understand and agree. But I don’t think this feels like a full court press by Holm-y. Redskins signed Bruce, Seattle wants a new direction; there are said to be a few more, but if he is hired don’t look for him to put himself in a position of trying to find a head coach, staff, scouts AND THEIR WORK FOR THIS YEAR, rather than keeping Mangini and just taking over his (Holm-y’s) duties. The work is already being done, people are in place; I bet he keeps Mangini another year and sees how he plays out. If it goes south, he can fire him and say, see, it wasn’t working for thus and such. If it does, he can take credit for what largely Mangini put in place and has done. My guess it would be somewhere in between, like changing Dabol. maybe not.
    But there’s also the minority hire thing, they have to go through those hurdles first. And if he is going to change things, he would need stealth now to talk to some of the working coaches he’s not supposed to be talking to that everyone knows he will talk to anyway!

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