AVON: Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is back in Cleveland with plans to meet incoming Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III Saturday and hopes of developing a new role with the organization.
“I am forever a Cleveland Brown,” Brown said this morning during an alumni golf outing at Avon Oaks Country Club.
President Mike Holmgren removed Brown from his role as adviser to owner Randy Lerner more than two years ago, and there has been friction between the two sides since. Brown said Holmgren reached out to him, and they plan to meet sometime this weekend. Brown called Lerner a good man, but he doesn’t believe Lerner wanted to own the team.
Brown also intends to talk to with rookie running back Trent Richardson, whom he called “ordinary” on draft day in April. Brown conceded Richardson impressed him Sunday in the Browns’ 34-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I saw a flash of the talent and I loved it,” Brown said.
Brown emphasized his primary reason for returning to Northeast Ohio is to support former teammate Ernie Green, a running back who played for the organization from 1962-68. Green and former defensive back Clarence Scott will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends during a halftime ceremony Sunday when the Browns (0-2) host the Buffalo Bills (1-1).