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NFL: Owner: Holmgren agrees to become Browns president

December 21, 2009

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns say Mike Holmgren has agreed to become their president.

Browns owner Randy Lerner said the two sides reached a deal on Monday. Lerner says details still need to be worked out and a formal announcement will be made by next week.

On Saturday, the 61-year-old Holmgren had turned down a front-office position to return to the Seattle Seahawks, sparking speculation that he was headed to Cleveland.

Holmgren said he was intrigued by the Cleveland opportunity because of the absence of “layers” between him and Lerner.

The Browns improved to 3-11 on Sunday under first-year coach Eric Mangini with a 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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