The Cleveland Browns are in a state of transition at many key positions on the field. It appears that they are about to undergo an even bigger transition off of the field. How one will affect the other is yet to be seen.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that a group led by Jimmy Haslam III, part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, could have their bid to buy the Browns from Randy Lerner approved before the season even begins. The group includes former Eagles president Joe Banner, which should cause pause among Browns fans if they like the direction of the team under Mike Holmgren.
Cabot reports that in a press conference after Banner stepped down as Philadelphia's team president, he said he wanted to be "involved with the world of buying and selling a sports team with the possibility of becoming part of a group that buys a team."
The plot thickens by adding speculation that Banner was having a power struggle with Eagles head coach Andy Reid, and as Cabot points out, Holmgren, head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress are all close to Reid.