Mike Holmgren talks in Cleveland with Browns' owner
Former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who has expressed interest in a football-operations position in Seattle, met with Browns owner Randy Lerner in Cleveland about a similar job.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Coach Mike Holmgren arrived in Cleveland on Monday, invited by Browns owner Randy Lerner.
Holmgren remained at the Browns' headquarters Tuesday, accompanied by his agent Bob Lamonte, according to Browns spokesman Neil Gulkis.
The Browns are seeking someone to oversee their football operations, and the franchise's interest in Holmgren was first reported more than a month ago.
The fact that a formal meeting is taking place now shows Holmgren is seeking a resolution on where he will work next season.
Holmgren said two weeks ago on his weekly radio show that he would be interested in talking to Seahawks owner Paul Allen or CEO Tod Leiweke about returning to the team.
Seattle is beginning its search for a new president, and has a contract with a New York firm to help in the search process and identify potential candidates. The team has provided no information on a timeline for making the hire.
Holmgren was the Seahawks' coach for 10 years, fulfilling the end of his contract before taking this year off. He was the team's head of football operations from 1999 to 2002 before he was stripped of his general-manager responsibilities.
Holmgren took this year off, and has previously stated he hopes to return to work in the NFL in 2010. He has not specified whether that means a return to coaching or a front-office job.
Cleveland was identified as a potential suitor for Holmgren more than a year ago, and according to a report in The Akron Beacon-Journal, the Browns are talking to Holmgren about a position similar to the one Bill Parcells holds in Miami.
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