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NFL: Holmgren to reveal Browns decision

December 20, 2009

The Browns are closer to securing a deal with Mike Holmgren after he declined an offer for a senior leadership position with the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. It’s quite possible the allure of resuming his career as a coach — an option not available in Seattle — may sway Holmgren to the Browns. Holmgren is expected to notify the Browns of his decision by Monday.

The Seahawks put out a news release late Saturday saying team officials, including CEO Tod Leiweke, had met with Holmgren but he declined the offer. Leiweke said the Browns’ pursuit of Holmgren and the former coach’s desire to resolve his situation quickly spurred the meeting.

“We hold Mike in high regard and wish the Holmgren family the very best with their new horizons,” Leiweke said.

The release quoted Holmgren as saying: “I sincerely thank Paul Allen and Tod for all their support over the years. I thank them for reaching out to me and we conclude these discussions as friends.”

Speaking on his radio show in Seattle on Friday, Holmgren for the first time brought up the possibility of coaching the Browns. Holmgren was 161-111 in 17 years as a coach in the NFL with the Seahawks and Green Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the Packers.

Holmgren, who interviewed with the Browns on Monday and Tuesday, has called the chance to work for the Browns “about as good a job situation as you could ask for in this business.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

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