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Report: Browns offer job to Holmgren

CFT’s John Taylor, who lives in the Cleveland area and writes for The Orange & Brown Report, tells us that Jim Donovan of WKYC-TV has reported during the Wednesday evening newcast that the Browns have offered a front-office position to former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren.

Per the report, the offer is in the range of $8 million to $10 million per year.

Holmgren spent portions of Monday and Tuesday visiting with the Browns in Cleveland.  A team spokesman told the Associated Press earlier today that there’s no timetable for a decision.

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  1. KingJoe! says: Dec 16, 2009 7:05 PM

    Forget Chet Holmes, Mike Holmgren is the greatest salesman ever. He has parlayed winning a Superbowl with one the best QB backs ever into 80 million + dollars. This dude simply has not proven he can be a GM, yet he is getting paid like the best ever. Dude needs to write a book on the art of selling yourself.

  2. bearsrule says: Dec 16, 2009 7:05 PM

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he tells Mangini to get his fat ass out.

  3. Evpimp says: Dec 16, 2009 7:05 PM

    Good luck Fixing that one Holmgren!

  4. rjgreen3 says: Dec 16, 2009 7:08 PM

    take the job mike. seattle doesn’t want you.

  5. jamaicamecrazy says: Dec 16, 2009 7:14 PM

    “Per the report, the offer is in the range of $8 million to $10 million per year”.
    Wow! Bill Parcels is getting “only” $4 Million a year with the Dolphins.
    In this economy with so many people struggling to pay bills, Mike Holmgren has to “think about it”?

  6. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat says: Dec 16, 2009 7:20 PM

    If Holmgren was smart he would stay away from that sinking ship known as Cleveland.

  7. FavreForVicodin says: Dec 16, 2009 7:22 PM

    Eric Mangini, please report to Mr. Holmgren’s office

  8. Rachel Uchitel says: Dec 16, 2009 7:24 PM

    Whoooooooooooooooo cares!

  9. LTIUAFO says: Dec 16, 2009 7:26 PM

    Holmgren and Mangini! 2 PROVEN WINNERS!!
    A W E S O M E!!

  10. Ravens Macg says: Dec 16, 2009 7:28 PM

    Good news for the rest of the AFC North!

  11. daveinspokane says: Dec 16, 2009 7:29 PM

    Holmgren needs to stop horsin’ around and get his ass back to Seattle where it belongs. Be a huge mistake to piss off an entire state Mike

  12. DeVoodoo says: Dec 16, 2009 7:29 PM

    See’ya later, Mangitis.

  13. sniperhare says: Dec 16, 2009 7:30 PM

    If he gets someone to handle the defensive side of drafting I think he could be the best thing to happen to Cleveland since he got his own show.

  14. BUCKEYE17 says: Dec 16, 2009 7:34 PM


  15. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 16, 2009 7:35 PM

    what does this mean for Mangina?

  16. csaber2007 says: Dec 16, 2009 7:41 PM

    Well, most of the talent he had in Seattle came from Ted Thompson’s drafts, so don’t think the Walrus is really much of anything in the talent evaluation department.

  17. johnnydom says: Dec 16, 2009 7:45 PM

    Hey philly sewer rat what’s the deal with hating on Cleveland?
    We want to be a viable football operation and this will make the fans and town happy.
    Winning takes time, and although you aren’t a fan of Cleveland, we have plenty of fans that want this team to turn it around.
    Climb back into the sewer that you crawled out of and go hate on someone else.

  18. miller4545 says: Dec 16, 2009 7:51 PM

    SEWER RAT–Are you talking about the Steelers and there “sinking ship”?
    8 sacks allowed against the Brown’s practice squad!! Overrated Ben looked damn good lickin his chops laying on the ground!!

  19. BrownsFanSince1976 says: Dec 16, 2009 8:06 PM

    I think Mike Holmgren can help the Browns. He brought Brett Favre to Green Bay, and he also got Reggie White to sign with Green Bay. I can remember when the Packers were a losing team, and he definitely changed the attitude on that team, and gave that city hope.
    The Browns have not won a championship since 1965. I have been a fan for more than 30 years. But in those 30 years, I can never remember seeing things as bad as they are now. We need to change the way we block, tackle, pass and run. Mike Holmgren will provide the much needed attitude adjustment. He will also bring in the necessary talent, so that we can compete.

  20. bluestree says: Dec 16, 2009 8:15 PM

    8 to 10 million? Farve makes more than that. Mr. Walrus is playing around with Randy Lerner. It’s motion, so he can get a pre snap read on Seattle.

  21. PiKindaGuy says: Dec 16, 2009 8:16 PM

    How does the Rooney rule play into this?

  22. TheFoo says: Dec 16, 2009 8:34 PM

    Hopefully he’s better as a GM than a Coach with GM duties…

  23. WashingtonRedstorms says: Dec 16, 2009 8:35 PM

    Now hire Jonnie Gumdrops or Bill Cowher.

  24. kev says: Dec 16, 2009 8:41 PM

    He was stripped of his GM duties in Seattle

  25. slipkid says: Dec 16, 2009 8:44 PM

    why should it
    the professional complainers dont own the browns.

  26. GoBrowns19 says: Dec 16, 2009 8:48 PM

    Damn, Holmgren is about to be the most hated man in Cleveland in, say, 2 years.

  27. JoeSixPack1 says: Dec 16, 2009 8:49 PM

    PiKindaGuy says:
    December 16, 2009 8:16 PM
    How does the Rooney rule play into this?
    Who cares? It’s a stupid rule. Should be called the looney rule.

  28. lezmaka says: Dec 16, 2009 8:54 PM

    After visiting the Browns complex, I would suggest he be tested for staph before accepting any job there.

  29. kosarisking says: Dec 16, 2009 9:00 PM

    I think this is proof that Lerner wants to turn this thing around. Good luck, Mike…you and the Browns need it. Welcome aboard!
    ps…Give Brady Quinn a chance.

  30. Dawgpound2009 says: Dec 16, 2009 9:05 PM

    Don’t start trading in your dawgbones for walrus tusks just yet Browns Fans. It ain’t over till the fat man sings “I am coming to Cleveland”. “The Walrus” may be leveraging other teams to see how many million fish he can end up with in his basket.
    It will be really interesting if Holmgren does sign on to see how long it takes him to send Mangini scrambling for cardboard boxes and a U-Haul. Maybe the so-called “Man-genius” can hire BQ and DA pack boxes for him since they both will be needing jobs too. Maybe Lerner can show some compassion get Brian Daboll a position as “Brownie” the elf next season! Or better yet, team him up with Mangini (in a Santa outfit) in the front window at Higbees in their christmas display. Tis the season to be jolly …….

  31. superhowie55 says: Dec 16, 2009 9:29 PM

    mike always wins the charlie stapleton lookalike contest why shouldnt he be a brown?

  32. ScottThompson1982 says: Dec 16, 2009 9:31 PM

    Sherm Lewis or Gruden will end up being the HC mark my words.

  33. Sjanlju says: Dec 16, 2009 9:36 PM

    It isn’t the fact that Holmgren has to think about it. The job is his, but first Lerner needs to line up some Black and Brown folks for token interviews so he can legally hire Holmgren and that might not happen till after the season is over.

  34. Deb says: Dec 16, 2009 9:48 PM

    @Buckeye17 …
    But do you think hiring Holmgren is a smart move? (And please don’t shout.)
    Dawgpound2009 is right about not getting excited until Holmgren signs on the dotted line. Older fans from Tampa still talk about Parcells leading them down this path only to dump them at the last second for the Jets (or was it the Pats? who can keep up?)

  35. dubs7_2000 says: Dec 16, 2009 9:58 PM

    As a Steeler fan….good luck Holmgren in the “City of Losers”…
    Now there’s a pair a full house can’t beat!!

  36. Brewster says: Dec 16, 2009 10:06 PM

    How disgusting!
    Frequently I read on these pages of posters complaining about how overpaid and spoiled NFL athletes are and comparing their (the players) wages to their own.
    Try comparing Holmgren’s salary/compensation package to a CEO of a mid-size public or private company.
    The Browns did $235 million in revenue in 2008. They’re supposedly offering Holmgren $8-$10 million to be GM or whatever they’re calling him.
    To pay someone $10M to manage a $235M business is stupid and obscene.
    Until fans rebel and refuse to pay the grotesque prices NFL teams charge for admission, season tickets, parking & refreshments this madness will continue to spiral out of control.

  37. Chad says: Dec 16, 2009 10:08 PM

    miller4545 says:
    December 16, 2009 7:51 PM
    SEWER RAT–Are you talking about the Steelers and there “sinking ship”?
    8 sacks allowed against the Brown’s practice squad!! Overrated Ben looked damn good lickin his chops laying on the ground!!
    Hey Miller..At least the Steelers have a ship..why don’t you worry about your life raft and shit personnel getting you to at least 9 wins in a year more than once a decade..

  38. Dirte says: Dec 16, 2009 10:26 PM

    Hey Brewster: Get over it. It you don’t like it quit reading these sites and quit going to games and quit watching them on TV. Maybe you can keep watching Seinfeld re-runs until you have them memorized instead of watching football games.
    Bottom line is not many people in the world will argue that Holmgren would be a great GM (strictly personnel speaking). However, he will find someone that knows personnel and he will find an outstanding head coach. He is a leader.

  39. rd19 says: Dec 16, 2009 10:38 PM

    hey dubs7_2000
    to a 1-11 team
    thanks for playing…

  40. tobago says: Dec 16, 2009 10:56 PM

    Looks like a good move by the Browns, cant wait to see what happens with Mangini, and who will be taking his place if he goes.

  41. gopher says: Dec 16, 2009 11:00 PM

    Holmgren will bring in a new coach when he takes over, remember who he worked with while he was in Green Bay? John Gruden and Steve Mariucci, I think one of those guys will be offered the job and I think it will be Mariucci who takes it since Gruden does not like cold weather and he has a sweet contract with ESPN.

  42. salty says: Dec 16, 2009 11:10 PM

    brewster – bad analogy and math on a number of levels. randy lerner is offering $10m to run improve a division of his $2.0 billion empire (i might be lowballing that number). that salary is NOT a terrible ratio to the his entire net worth.
    also – don’t forget browns’ franchise is in the top 15 in value in NFL (people often don’t realize this!!!). right now they’re valued at $1.0 billion by themselves. again $10m salary on a $1.0b business isn’t far off.
    Just in case someone wants some data on it:

  43. salty says: Dec 16, 2009 11:19 PM

    oh sorry – actually the Browns are even higher – #13 now:

  44. bigtrav425 says: Dec 17, 2009 12:05 AM

    lmao..sorry im blank im to busy laughing after reading all the comments.Even with the very few freedoms we have left i love freedom of speech…all i will say tho is it doesnt matter who he hires unless mangina leaves. if he stays all his moves goes for not.Mangina is a hated man around these parts

  45. Southdawg says: Dec 17, 2009 1:57 AM

    lol @ dubs7_2000, must have missed Thursday night’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and oh I dont know say the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James!!! HAHA think b4 you speak bro!

  46. trickbunny says: Dec 17, 2009 5:38 AM

    To all the numbnuts who keep spouting off about Holmgren’s mediocre-at-best performance as GM in Seattle and how that means he won’t/can’t do a good job in Cleveland:
    Cleveland is NOT offering Holmgren the job of GM. He is offered the job of President of Football Operations- like the job Parcells has in Miami. If Holmgren does get hired by the Browns, he will, in turn, hire a GM.
    Will Holmgren be in on decisions the GM would normally make alone? Probably. But he would not be taking on the other 95% of GM duties.
    Just thought I’d point that out to the opinionated doofuses who apparently don’t pay real attention to the stories they comment on and keep whining about how Cleveland will be sorry if Holmgren becomes their “GM”?

  47. Duan says: Dec 17, 2009 8:36 AM

    @ PiKindaGuy , he hired Fred Nance as head of legal counsel and contracts – that was his minority hire.

  48. Jack Factor says: Dec 17, 2009 4:12 PM

    Ron Wolf the then GM signed Brett and Reggie, not Coach Chin Tuck.
    Holmgren is a good head coach and a great QB developer. his attempt to do GM duties in Seattle after Ted Thompson left was not successful. While he comes off subdued in interviews, he has an enormous ego and things have to be his way or he stops putting in the time.

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