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Browns Mike Holmgren to be replaced by Joe Banner, effective immediately

With Jimmy Haslam now officially the owner of the Browns, reports are out that Mike Holmgren will be ceding control to Joe Banner immediately.

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Holmgren says his farewell to Cleveland

With the sale of the Browns approved and news of Joe Banner's hiring, outgoing President Mike Holmgren sat down with the Cleveland press for what is likely the final time.

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Understanding the Browns in a Haslam world

Martin Rickman talks to SB Nation Cleveland editor Brendan Porath about the new head honchos -- and concerns moving forward.

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Banner on board; Heckert, Shurmur headed out?

The Browns have a new owner and a new CEO, putting the job status of Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur in doubt. Ryan Alton addresses what all the changes might mean for the organization's top football men.

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Banner introduced in Berea

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam formally introduced new CEO Joe Banner in Berea on Wednesday.

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Browns GM Heckert has been looking for new job

When a new owner takes over a franchise, it's typical that they would replace the high ranking staff with their own preferred individuals. It's no different with the Cleveland Browns, who saw Joe Banner take over as team president for Mike Holmgren on Tuesday, effective immediately. General manager Tom Heckert knew something like this was coming, so he has been asking around the league since August, trying to line up a new job for himself in 2013, according to Fox Sports Ohio.

Heckert worked for the Philadelphia Eagles for nine years under Banner, but that may not be enough to save him a spot in the new organizational hierarchy. One potential landing spot for Heckert would be with the Indianapolis Colts, whose general manager, Tony Grigson, is one of his best friends.

Many members of the Browns staff have ties to Banner from time spent with the Eagles, but there's no guarantee that the staff turnover won't be a sweeping one.

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Browns' Haslam speaks on Holmgren departure

The departure of team president Mike Holmgren from the Cleveland Browns is now confirmed. New owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed in a press conference that Holmgren was to be replaced by former Philadelphia Eagles executive Joe Banner, and that Holmgren would continue to work with the organization until the end of the season. Haslam talked about what happened with Holmgren and the talks they had. It looks as though the parting of ways is mutual, given Holmgren's desire to have control over everything.

Mike has decided that with our becoming the owner, that his role would obviously change a lot. Mike was brought in to be the President, and I think, in a lot of ways, the de facto owner. With us coming in and taking a more active role, Mike has decided to, effective at the end of the year, to leave the Cleveland Browns and to retire. Mike will work very closely with us over the next three or four months to ensure that this transition goes as well as possible.

It's true that Holmgren came to Cleveland and was given most of the power. As team president, he oversaw ever aspect of the team and likely had a lot of input regarding the on-the-field product, as well. With Haslam looking to take on more of a hands-on role. Haslam also confirmed that Banner would be taking over as CEO/team president, effective Oct. 25.

Haslam said that Holmgren staying on is key, and him remaining for "three, three and a half months," will ensure a "seamless" transition. He also stated that this move will be the only personnel change that the team will be making "until the end of the season." Haslam followed that up by saying that he wasn't guaranteeing further changes once the offseason hit, either. As previously noted, general manager Tom Heckert is one who could be on his way out, though there aren't persistent rumors one way or the other at this time.

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Is Tom Heckert the next to go?

The Cleveland Browns are under new ownership in Jimmy Haslam, and reports are swirling regarding team president Mike Holmgren and his job status. When Holmgren will depart the team is still up in the air, but all reports have him stepping aside in favor of former Philadelphia Eagles executive Joe Banner.

That brings the status of general manager Tom Heckert into question, and according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he's not optimistic about his job status:

Heckert's moves as general manager have generally been well-received. He maneuvered to land the Browns both Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden in the 2012 NFL Draft, and gave up a premiere draft pick to land wide receiverJosh Gordon in the supplemental draft. All of those players look to be the backbone of Cleveland's future offense, so at the very least, he's put the team in a good position.

When the rumors regarding Banner and Holmgren first started, there wasn't much said about Heckert, and to this point, this is the only thing of substance that has been said regarding his future with the organization.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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Holmgren to remain in Cleveland for season

Mike Holmgren will stay with the Cleveland Browns until the end of the season, but will cede control as CEO and team president to Joe Banner. The initial report from Ed Warder indicated that Holmgren would be fired immediately, but a league source later confirmed that Holmgren is expected to remain with the Browns until the end of the season.

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will still name Joe Banner as the team's new CEO and president effective immediately, but Holmgren will be allowed to stay with the organization for the remainder of the year. Banner, 59, was president of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001 to 2012 and is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.

Holmgren, 64, was hired by Cleveland at the end of the 2009 season as team president. Holmgren fired coach Eric Mangini after the 2010 season and replaced him with Pat Shurmur. The Browns never had a winning record during Holmgren's tenure in Cleveland.

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Holmgren out, Banner in as Haslam takes ownership

With Jimmy Haslam now officially the owner of the Browns, reports are out that Mike Holmgren will be ceding control to Joe Banner immediately.

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