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CLEVELAND -- For once, Chip Kelly isn't in hurry-up mode.
Oregon's innovative offensive coach has not yet decided if he'll jump to the NFL and he's weighing offers from the Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, who appear to be in a bidding war for the 49-year-old with zero pro experience.
The Browns were close to completing a deal with Kelly on Friday, but he didn't give them an answer and kept a scheduled meeting Saturday with the Eagles.
There's a deeper wrinkle to the Browns vs. Eagles battle for Kelly. Browns CEO Joe Banner spent 19 seasons in Philadelphia before leaving last year. He's childhood friends with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who could be trying to lure Kelly away from Cleveland.
Banner and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam have been conducting interviews since firing Pat Shurmur last week.
We've confirmed reports that the Eagles were still meeting with Chip Kelly late Saturday night.
The Browns were supposed to have dinner with Kelly to strike a deal, but reports say that meeting hasn't happened.
The Eagles seemed lukewarm on Kelly but reports say they did send their owner, president and general manager to Arizona to meet with Kelly on Saturday.
That lunch meeting with Kelly and the Eagles went past the dinner hour. A beat writer for the Philadelphia inquirer told Channel 3 Sports that they were still meeting as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
The Browns met with Chip Kelly for seven hours Saturday but they left the meeting without a signed deal.
It appears the Browns have serious competition now for Chip Kelly.
Stay with wkyc.com and Channel 3 for the very latest in the search for a new Browns head coach.