July 24, 2014

NFL Rumors: Browns eyeing Penn State’s O’Brien

ESPN’s  Chris Mortensen reports that the Cleveland Browns have Penn State’s Bill O’Brien on their short list of potential head coaching replacements following the impending firing of Pat Shurmur.

O’Brien, who bypasses an NFL interview last January, may not necessarily jump at any NFL opportunity but if he did leave Penn State it would “qualify as a surprise” after the former Patriots offensive coordinator was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in his first season as the Nittany Lions coach in 2012. He reportedly has a $9 million buyout attached to his contract with Penn State.

The Browns are also said to be eying Oregon’s Chip Kelly, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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