2010 NFL Combine: Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren Covers Many Topics

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2010

New Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren has been busy the past several days at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The man has a presence about him—and he really knows how to work a room filled with members of the media.

Without giving away too much information, Holmgren has touched on many different topics regarding the Browns and other tidbits that should be of interest to readers in the Bleacher Report Browns community.

Holmgren on Josh Cribbs

He said both sides are communicating and making progress on negotiations to get Cribbs signed to a deal that pays him what he is worth.

There are rumors circulating that the new contract will be a three-year deal that will void out his current contract—which has three years left on it—and the guaranteed money will be between $5 million and $10 million.

Cribbs wants $10 million; the Browns reportedly offered him $5 million.

Look for a meeting somewhere in the middle.

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Holmgren on Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn

He has indicated that one of these two quarterbacks will not be back for the 2010 regular season.

Holmgren tipped his hand as to who may be going, because he specifically stated that there are two important dates involved in the decision-making process.

One is March 5, which is the day free agency begins. The other is March 19, which is the day before Anderson is due his $2 million roster bonus.

Because one of those two days is right before Anderson's roster bonus date, look for Anderson to possibly get the ax—but that does not mean that Quinn will be handed the keys, though.

Holmgren on Free Agent Julius Peppers

Holmgren eluded to the fact that the Browns have been talking about signing the highly regarded and soon-to-be-sought-after defensive player.

Sadly, Holmgren may have also cost the Browns a fine, because he isn't supposed to talk about players who are under contract with other teams—and Peppers is under contract until March 5, when free agency begins.

The tampering rule clearly states: "Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club's player to that player's agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy."

If nothing happens from this comment, then the NFL should just get rid of this rule, because what good is it if it doesn't get enforced.

Holmgren on Tim Tebow

That's right, Browns fans, your new team president was talking about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and his reported new throwing motion.

Holmgren really didn't go beyond commenting about how he of all people—because he is a master of the quarterback position—knows how hard it is for any quarterback to go from a more natural and comfortable throwing motion to something completely different.

Holmgren on Jerome Harrison

Holmgren was very clear in this matter, saying that he will make it very difficult for any team to try to sign Harrison in the offseason.

Look for a first-round tender to be put on Harrison, because he is now a very hot commodity with his stellar performances in the final three games of the 2009 season, when he rushed for 561 yards and five touchdowns.

Holmgren might have also tipped his hand again here, because he said that it takes more than one running back to have a successful running attack.

Does this mean there might be another running back the Browns are looking at in this draft class?

In the end, Holmgren has been very vocal the past several days, which is nice to hear, because the front office has been relatively quiet the past month or so.

Look for more to come as the combine comes to a close on March 3, but is then followed up by the start of free agency on March 5.

(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the NFL Scouting Combine for Bleacher Report via NFL Network broadcast.)

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