When Mike Holmgren became the new president of the Browns, we offered up 10 things he should promptly do.
He’s finally taken our advice. (One out of 10 ain’t bad.)
The NFL has announced, in a two-sentence release, that the grievance filed by former Browns G.M. George Kokinis following his abrupt termination during the 2009 season has been resolved. Here’s the full text of the release: “The grievance filed by George Kokinis against the Cleveland Browns has been amicably resolved. The terms of the settlement are confidential. Mr. Kokinis and the Browns each wish the other future success.”
Translation? The Browns are paying Kokinis.
It’s unknown whether he’ll be paid the full balance of his contract or some lesser amount, but there’s no way lawyer Jeffrey Kessler would have walked away from this one without money changing hands from Browns owner Randy Lerner to Kokinis.
And if the Browns paid a penny less than the full amount of the contract, it was a financial win, since by all appearances they had no reason to fire Kokinis for cause and then refuse to pay him.