Could Joe Banner be Involved in Browns Acquisition?

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 in Philadelphia (by way of Pro Football Talk) is reporting that Joe Banner will likely be part of the Haslam group that is negotiating with Randy Lerner to buy the Browns.

Banner was most recently the president of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was replaced in the role, but remained a “strategic advisor” to Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Banner spoke to Pro Football Talk last month about looking for a team to target.

Then again, Banner told PFT Live last month that he’s ideally looking for a place that needs a dramatic turnaround.  And it’s not really a turnaround if new ownership turns around and keeps the current G.M. and head coach.

So, with that in mind, we’ll see how this shakes out for the Browns and Mike Holmgren. It might not mean a whole lot for Tom Heckert as he and Banner were together there for a while.

Again, as I’ve said previously, I hope it doesn’t mean a complete re-do of the team structure from the top down. If he plugs himself in as president and retains his GM and at least the style of football the Browns are running like the 4-3 defense, it won’t be so bad. Heaven help us all if we have to live through another defensive transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 as we did when Romeo Crennel came in.

[Related: So Jimmy Haslam Could Invest in the Browns?]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Al Lerner is definitely rolling over in his grave now! This football team is just one soap opera act after another. If you can’t have winning at least you’ll have dysfunction.

  • boomhauertjs

    I would think Banner being involved (and taking over as Prez) would be a great thing for continuity (as long as he wasn’t doing only radio interviews in Phily).

  • mgbode

    my first thought when I heard Banner’s name was that it was the perfect fit. most of his football ties are to the WCO-kinship including Heckert and other FO personnel. Holmgren only wanted 5years of commitment, so he can help nurture the transition and then ride off into the sunset (literally as he’d be going to Seattle :) )

  • Garry_Owen

    Better than Joe Camel!

  • MrCleaveland

    A friend of mine in the real estate business says that Banner just bought a house in Strongsville.

  • bric

    Browns are really looking better in so many ways.
    Sort of sad for Randy Lerner who tried his best.
    Hopefully, Banner will retain Shurmur & Heckert due to Eagles’ ties.
    Holmgren was about finished anyway.
    Hope that they don’t throw out a good coaching staff, the 4-3, WCO, etc.