Mike Holmgren finally said yes.
The Browns announced Monday night that Holmgren agreed to become club president. He spent 17 years as an NFL coach, taking three teams to the Super Bowl, winning with the Packers in 1996.
“We are pleased to announce that Mike Holmgren has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns,” owner Randy Lerner said in a statement. “We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week, at which time we will make him available to the media.”
The news release seems to rule out Holmgren as coach. He will be charged with running the football operations, which includes deciding on the future of first-year coach Eric Mangini.
Holmgren met with Lerner early last week and came away impressed. No terms of the deal were announced, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen previously reported the deal would be in the $50 mllion range for 10 years.
Mike Keenan will transition from the role of president to chief financial officer.