After weeks of being turned down the Cleveland Browns are on the verge of announcing that Mike Pettine will be their head coach for the 2014 season.
Pettine, 47, was the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills this season after previously serving in the same role for the New York Jets from 2009-2012.
The Browns were rebuffed by Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase early Tuesday and were known to at-least be considering Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
I’m hearing Mike Pettine is going to get Browns job. A deal is close.
— Mark Gaughan (@gggaughan) January 22, 2014
There are a few reports out of Cleveland that no agreement has been made, but it appears to simply be a matter of hours before something is announced officially.
Rob Chudzinski was fired after just one year as the Browns head coach with a 4-12 record. The team owes him more than $10 million for seasons he will not be coaching the team. Coordinators Ray Horton and Norv Turner were allowed to join other clubs.
With no quarterback or running back on the roster the Browns will have to make wise use of their draft picks. The team is reportedly interested in trading up to draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.