Report: Mike Pettine to Enter Contract Negotiations With Browns to be Next Head Coach

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

Is the search finally coming to a close?

Last night, it was reported that Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would be flying to Cleveland today to interview for a third time for the Browns' head coaching vacancy. According to a report by Will Burge of Bleacher Report Thursday morning, the Browns "have chosen Pettine to be their next head coach," and today's "third interview" is actually a meeting to negotiate a contract:

After Burge's report, the Browns sent out the following statement:

On 92.3 The Fan, Burge was asked if he was still confident that Pettine would be hired upon hearing the above, and he said he was 100% certain that a deal would get done based on his two sources, and that the Browns' statement was likely for contract negotiation purposes.

Rumors circulated Wednesday night that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels might be back in the coaching mix, but Burge indicated that it was "just a friendly conversation" with the Browns trying one more time to see if he would be interested. Apparently, he was not, so the decision to lock up Pettine was made. We'll see if Burge's report holds true; when Pettine is officially hired, we'll have a post up on him, including reactions from the staff at DBN.

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