Amidst all of the Josh Cribbs controversy is the ongoing search for a general manger of the Cleveland Browns. As reported here two days prior, Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert spent a few hours in Berea to discuss his possible future along side Mike Holmgren.
While there has been no reported contract offered to Heckert, WFNY has been told that things went very well. Echoing a report that surfaced in The Plain Dealer, we have heard that Heckert has canceled his trip to Seattle where he was to interview for their vacant general manager position.
Also heading to Cleveland for an interview is Seattle’s current director of pro personnel Will Lewis. While this interview would in fact satisfy the infamous Rooney Rule, The OBR reports that there is a possibility that multiple high-level individuals are added to the Browns front office. Heckert, as reported, may be in line for a position that would in fact be a layer in between Holmgren and the would-be general manager.
For those that are concerned about the “cart before the horse” decision of retaining a head coach without a GM, keep in mind that any candidates that are currently with other teams must wait until their respective seasons come to a conclusion prior to accepting positions elsewhere within the NFL. With Eric Mangini and staff being retained, the rest of the front office building blocks appear to be coming to fruition, all during Holmgren’s first week on the job.
(Yong Kim / Philadelphia Daily News)