Browns Make It Official: Holmgren's Their Man

After weeks of speculation and rumors, he Cleveland Browns announced this evening that Mike Holmgren has been hired by the organization and will serve as team president. The agreement has yet to be finalized, but should be completed by the end of the week and ahead of an introductory press conference. 

"The Cleveland Browns announced today that Mike Holmgren has agreed to become team president," the official press release began. "The team also has announced that Mike Keenan will transition to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

"We are pleased to announce that Mike Holmgren has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns," said Owner Randy Lerner.  "We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week, at which time we will make him available to the media."

After refusing an eleventh-hour offer from the Seahawks (an offer that is now in dispute as to the amount of control and financial renumeration he would have received), Holmgren got on a plane to Cleveland, making the final outcome a mere formality.

The Seahawks have made no official announcement about Holmgren's final departure, or the eventual replacement for departed team president/general manager Tim Ruskell, though current head coach Jim Mora confirmed reports in his press conference today that he had talked to upper management about bringing Holmgren back in an administratove capacity.

"It's no secret that I'm a Mike Holmgren fan," Mora said of the letter he wrote to Seahawks CEO Tod Lieweke, asking the team to make Holmgren their top man again. "And I was an advocate of him coming back to the point that I made my feelings known to the people that make those decisions.

"And I'm probably as disappointed as anybody that he decided to reject our offer and go onward. And I don't know the particulars. I just know that I absolutely have great regard for Mike Holmgren."

Holmgren will most likely delay any press conference until after the Christmas holiday. The Holmgren family are currently residents of Seattle and Arizona, and Holmgren's children reside in Washington state.

Stay tuned to NorthwestFootball.net for more details as they become available.



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