Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has decided to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns after meeting with multiple teams.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported the deal "became a real possibility after a great interview" on Sunday, adding Jackson and the front office "hit it off."
The deal comes a day after the Browns confirmed they met with Jackson for the second time on Tuesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Garafolo wrote that while the New York Giants' efforts to meet with Jackson "made it interesting," the coach was "telling friends" it was Cleveland or the San Francisco 49ers "all the way."
Jackson's interest in the Browns could have everything to do with personnel power, as Albert Breer of NFL Network notes he will have more power in Cleveland than he would have had in San Francisco.
Jackson's only prior shot as a head coach came with the Oakland Raiders in 2011. He was plagued by an unstable quarterback situation yet still led the team to a respectable 8-8 record. Tiebreakers prevented Oakland from winning the AFC West crown that year.
From there, Jackson worked his way up with the Bengals and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014. Cincinnati took a huge step forward in Jackson's second year, as he fostered a career year from quarterback Andy Dalton and was instrumental in helping the Bengals to the AFC North title.