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Bengals Tried to Keep Hue Jackson at Last Second, but Browns' Persistence Prevented Him From Even Interviewing With Giants

The Bengals tried to swoop in for a last-ditch effort to retain Hue Jackson, but Cleveland's brass was too convincing.

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The Cleveland Browns and Korn/Ferry International can mark this as a "job well done" in getting Hue Jackson to agree to be their next head coach. Throughout the coaching search process, the Browns' persistence, while still making Jackson feel comfortable, helped them get the No. 1 guy they wanted. First, that persistence helped remove the San Francisco 49ers as a contender for Jackson's services. Then, according to Mike Silver, the Bengals tried to make a last-ditch effort to keep Jackson in Cincinnati:

It didn't work. On top of that, the Browns made sure they struck a deal with Jackson before he even had an opportunity to fly out and meet with the New York Giants later today:

Silver adds that the Browns were the only team to formally make him an offer.

The fact that the Browns were able to land Jackson after all of their past regime changes, including the unique analytics approach being taken in the front office this year, has to be a big boost when it comes to the perception of Cleveland moving forward. That includes the recruitment of a general manager, the current players, potential assistant coaches, and free agents.