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Browns say money not discussed with Holmgren

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 17, 2009

Browns vice president of communications Bill Bonsiewicz said Thursday that the team did not discuss money with former Seahawks and Packers coach Mike Holmgren.

Holmgren's two-day interview to direct the Browns' football operations concluded Tuesday. A WKYC-TV report Wednesday said the Browns had made Holmgren an offer of between $8 and $10 million per year. ESPN's Chris Mortensen continues to report that it could take $10 million per year to lure Holmgren, 61.

''It was a productive meeting over the course of a couple days,'' Bonsiewicz said. ''He left yesterday. We agreed to communicate again in the coming days. Without getting into the details of the visit, one point we have not discussed is money.''

Bonsiewicz said the Browns are aware of the ''Rooney Rule'' that requires them to interview a minority candidate and had ''contacted the league office to make sure we're clear on it.''

He would not say if other candidates had been interviewed since owner Randy Lerner stated his intentions of finding a ''serious, credible leader'' for the football operation on Nov. 1. Nor would Bonsiewicz say if the Browns hope to find their man by Jan. 1.

''I don't want to get into timetables,'' he said.

Bonsiewicz would not characterize the tone of the meetings with Holmgren or say if delegation of power and responsibilities had been discussed.

Holmgren is thought to be exploring other options, possibly with the Seahawks or Washington Redskins. But this far he has received a cold shoulder from Seattle. The Redskins hired Bruce Allen as general manger Thursday after Vinny Cerrato stepped down.

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