Incoming Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III wants Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown to have a role with the organization.
Haslam met with Brown on Saturday night and the two hit it off during a meeting that lasted about an hour. Both men spoke to reporters today at Cleveland Browns Stadium before the Browns (0-2) began their game against the Buffalo Bills (1-1).
“Jim and I both agreed that it makes total sense for him to be involved with the Browns, and we both agreed it didn’t make sense to rush into anything,” Haslam said. “We exchanged cell numbers. We agreed to talk on an as-needed basis and get together at some to-be-determined time in the future. He travels a lot and we travel a lot and hopefully we’ll find a time to get together. But I had a really enjoyable visit. Besides being a great football player, he’s a great man.”
Brown said he would love to have a role with the organization. He described Haslam as “very insightful, very open” and said the meeting couldn’t have been better for him.
“At some later date we can talk about a role that I can play officially,” Brown said. “But in the beginning, all I want to do is be an asset to his making the proper transition and not being in his way or ask for anything. But I'm very happy that he has had time to meet with me already. This is very quick and he made time last night without hesitation so he knows how to pull the trigger. We are very fortunate to have an individual like that. And his background with the [Pittsburgh] Steelers is invaluable because that's a top class organization and he was part of that family. So we talked about that. There was no downside, all positive.”
Brown also said he had a chance to talk to President Mike Holmgren. In 2010, Holmgren removed Brown from his job as adviser to owner Randy Lerner, and Brown rejected a reduced role. There had been friction between the two sides for the past couple of years, but they have exchanged olive branches during Brown’s return to Cleveland.
“It was positive,” Brown said of his meeting with Holmgren. “The interesting thing is that all parties seem to be on the same page from the standpoint of the position that we’re in. The team has been sold. It becomes official I guess sometime next month and we’re all fighting for the same thing, which is to win, even those who might be here.
“So Mike was very gracious in his conversation with me and the interesting thing is what I’m most interested in is to be a part of winning. It was so funny because we were talking about a lot of things and the thing came up about well whatever we talk about or whatever great ideas we have, we’re gonna have to win. That’s how it is ultimately, we’ve got to have a winning football team.”