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December 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

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Confirmed: Holmgren meeting with Browns

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Coach Mike Holmgren arrived in Cleveland on Monday, invited by Browns owner Randy Lerner.

Holmgren remained at the Browns' headquarters on 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.

That ticking sound in the background is the sound of the clock the Seahawks are facing if they want Holmgren to return to the franchise he coached for 10 years. Holmgren said two weeks 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 contract 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 is in the midst of a year off, and has previously stated he hopes to return to work in the league in 2010. He has not specified whether that includes a return to coaching or just a front-office job.

Cleveland was identified as a potential suitor for Holmgren more than a year ago, and according to the Akron Beacon-Journal's report, the Browns are talking to Holmgren about a football czar position similar to the one Bill Parcells holds in Miami.

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