Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur (left) walks with team president Mike Holmgren during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Could new ownership leave Mike Holmgren out of a job?
That contract keeps him on until 2014, and Holmgren says he has no intentions of leaving sooner.
Whether new owner Jimmy Haslam will want Holmgren on board is a different story. Haslam's $1 billion offer was accepted by Randy Lerner last month, and all that remains to complete the transaction is approval by the league's other owners. That vote will take place in roughly six weeks, and Haslam is not expected to have any problems getting the necessary support.
The primary concern is that Haslam, who plans to be a very hands-on owner, might butt heads with Holmgren, who currently has a very active role in team operations. But right now, both Holmgren and Haslam are only focusing on the 2012 season.