Mike Holmgren has decided to see if he can fix the Cleveland Browns.
The Super Bowl-winning coach accepted a job to become the club's president yesterday, joining a franchise needing a major makeover after a decade of losing.
Browns owner Randy Lerner said the sides reached an agreement yesterday. Lerner said current president Mike Keenan will transition to the role of chief financial officer.
"We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week," Lerner said in a statement.
Holmgren is coming to Cleveland strictly in an executive role. On his radio show last week, Holmgren indicated his job offer with the Browns could include a return to the sideline. But Holmgren's duties likely will focus on personnel decisions, and there's a chance he may bring in a general manager to help him.
It's still not known what effect Holmgren's hiring will have on first-year Cleveland coach Eric Mangini, who improved to 3-11 on Sunday following a 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Mangini may have strengthened his chances of staying for at least another year after leading the Browns to consecutive wins.
Holmgren, though, could choose to replace Mangini with his own coach to try and turn around the Browns, who have lost at least 10 games in six of the past seven seasons and made the AFC playoffs just once since 1999.
On Saturday, the 61-year-old Holmgren turned down a front-office position to return to the Seattle Seahawks, sparking speculation that he was headed to Cleveland.
Holmgren stepped down as the Seahawks coach after last season to spend more time with his family.
In other news, former Browns general manager George Kokinis has filed for arbitration against the team for firing him.
Kokinis was dismissed by the Browns on Nov. 2. He filed the case with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.
Kokinis is seeking more than $4 million in compensation and damages. He asserts that the Browns fraudulently induced him to join the team under the representation that he would have control over all player personnel matters and report directly to owner Randy Lerner. Kokinis feels he was wrongly fired because of his unwillingness to defer on numerous important matters relating to the team's football operations.
* Police say while the investigation continues into the death of Cincinnati Bengals Chris Henry they have yet to determine whether to file charges in connection with the fatal incident. Henry died Thursday from massive head injuries, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck driven by his fiancee, Loleini Tonga. Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) police described the incident as a domestic dispute.
* Seattle long snapper Kevin Houser hopes to be out of the hospital in time for Christmas Eve after doctors re-inflated his collapsed lung. Seahawks coach Jim Mora praised Houser for continuing to play after getting hurt while covering a punt in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. The Seahawks' only true kick snapper went into a photographer's shed on the sideline to get a painkilling injection. He returned to snap for Seattle's only extra point later in the half.
* Baltimore rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee. He suffered the injury in Sunday's victory over Chicago.
* Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck has a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season while outside linebacker David Thornton will have season-ending shoulder surgery later this week. Bulluck was injured in Sunday's overtime time against. He is expected to have surgery within 2 weeks. Thornton was deactivated Sunday and had hoped he might return this season.
* Tampa Bay rookie receiver Sammie Stroughter will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his right foot during the Buccaneers' win over Seattle Sunday.
* Dallas cut placekicker Nick Folk and replaced him with Shaun Suisham, who was released by Washington on Dec. 8. Suisham kicked for Dallas in 2005 and 2006.
* Arizona left tackle Mike Gandy has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said no decision has been made on whether to keep Gandy on the active roster or place him on season-ending injury reserve.