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Reports: Browns, Chip Kelly close to a deal

11:56 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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The Browns search for a new head coach is really heating up.

Friday afternoon in Arizona, the Browns interviewed Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly.

According to the NFL Network, the two sides are reportedly close to reaching a deal. 

The Associated Press is reporting that Kelly was also supposed to meet with the Eagles in Arizona but a person familiar with the interviews says the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is close to a deal with the Browns.

Kelly is the hottest college coach out there. He led the Oregon Ducks Thursday night to a Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State.

If you saw the game, then you had a good look as his prolific zone-read offensive attack, which is one of the reasons he is desired in the NFL.

The Browns have a major interest in Kelly and with new owner Jimmy Haslam, money is not an issue. They can win him over with cash.

Kelly made it clear last night an answer will come soon.

Kelly has never coached in the NFL. He interviewed with Tampa Bay last year but turned down the offer.

Other teams have interest including the Cardinals and Bills. 

The Browns goal is to not let anyone else land him.

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