The Cleveland Browns are preparing an afternoon news conference this afternoon. Not only will the team announce that the sale of the Cleveland Browns has been approved unanimously by all 31 other NFL owners, but the team has made some front office moves as well. The team is expected to announce that the browns have replaced president Mike Holmgren with former Philadelphia Eagles front office person, Joe Banner,according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
This move was widely speculated as soon as Banner joined the group new Browns owner Jimmy Haslem assembled in order to purchase the Cleveland Browns. Banner has a very solid personnel record during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Holmgren has a solid record as a head coach, but his front office skills have drawn some criticism. His drafts in Cleveland have been questionable and his front office personnel moves have been equally questionable.
The sale of the Browns will become official on October 25th and the team has not officially stated what the future of Mike Holmgren with the team will be moving forward.
Neither Holmgren nor Banner attended the NFL owners meeting this morning, and their absence raised some questions in media circles.