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Lewis next to interview

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 7, 2010

Seattle Seahawks director of pro personnel Will Lewis is flying to Cleveland today and will interview for the Browns' general manager position Friday, the Browns confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Talking with Lewis would put the Browns in compliance with the league's Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate be interviewed.

Lewis, 51, worked for over 12 years with new Browns president Mike Holmgren in Green Bay and Seattle.

In 1999, Lewis came to Seattle with Holmgren and has spent 10 years in his current position. Before that, Lewis worked closely with Holmgren for over two years in Green Bay. Lewis began his Packers' career as a pro scout, but moved up to assistant director of pro personnel after one year.

Lewis also served as a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons under June Jones from 1995-96 and coached in NFL Europe in 1991-92. Making the Seahawks' roster in 1980 as an undrafted free agent cornerback from Millersville State (Pa.), Lewis also played in the USFL and Canadian Football Leagues.'s John Clayton, who is very close to Holmgren, implied in his mailbag last week that Lewis could be hired by the Browns.

''I can guarantee that Holmgren is going to have a high-ranking minority in the front office, most likely Will Lewis,'' Clayton wrote.

On Wednesday, Holmgren interviewed Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert for the same position. Heckert does not have control of the 53-man roster in his current job, that power given to coach and executive vice president of football operations Andy Reid.

Heckert, 42, is also among the final four candidates for the Seahawks' top football position, according to

If the Seahawks clean house in their football operations department when their new chief is hired, Lewis could also join the Browns in a similar position to his current post. Holmgren said on Dec. 28 he intends to hire a general manager and perhaps two other football men.

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