Friday, January 15, 2016

Leadoff with Lee 1.15.16 #Browns #Eagles #OhioState #Indians

By @cleeverizon

Now that the Browns have their head coach in place, now it's up to Hue Jackson and Jimmy Haslam to hire a general manager/player personnel executive or whatever title they plan on using.

Sources close to the situation say Browns are set to interview former Martin Mayhew on Saturday. He joined the Lions front office in 2001 and was promoted to  senior Vice President and assistant general manager in 2004. Mayhew was promoted to general manager after Matt Millen was fired in December of 2008. Mayhew was fired November 5, 2015 when the Lions started the season 1-7. He was 41-63 while serving as general manager.  An internal candidate for a promotion could be current personnel executive Chisom Opara. The Browns also requested permission to speak with the Bears current director of college scouting, Joe Douglas, for their top personnel job, but were denied.

Without final say on Browns roster, general manager spot isn't easy to fill. Teams will view it as lateral move and will block interviews.

Quarterback coach Kevin O'Connell will not be retained after only one NFL season. Hue Jackson is bringing his own guy. Jackson was interviewing candidates on Thursday. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Tennessee coordinator Ray Horton are names that have appeared to become the Browns new defensive coordinator under Jackson.

Will the Browns draft a wide receiver with their first overall pick? Let's put this in perspective.

Josh Gordon, who has been away from the Cleveland Browns his entire suspension, is scheduled to make $1.068M in 2016. There is your big wideout that you have been looking for if a top name is not drafted.

The 49ers have hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach. Kelly went 26-21 in three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was fired this past season with one game remaining in the season and missing the playoffs.

Meanwhile, talks between Tom Coughlin and the Eagles intensified when Philadelphia had a face-to-face meeting with Coughlin. After meeting with Eagles brass, Coughlin withdrew his name from consideration for Eagles head coaching job. Sources say it's just not the right fit, with being away from his family being the biggest issue. The Eagles are now are expected to name Chiefs offensive coordinator, and former Cleveland Browns quarterback, Doug Pederson as their next head coach once the Chiefs are eliminated from the playoffs.

Former Indians pitcher Scott Atchison will join the team as a Major League advance coach and staff assistant. Atchison will assist bullpen coach Jason Bere and pitching coach Mickey Callaway and scouting the team's upcoming opponents.

The Indians and Bryan Shaw find common ground on a one-year, $2.75M contract to avoid arbitration.

Former Cavs and Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is being considered for the same position with the New Jersey Nets. Ferry was interviewed by Mikhail Prokhorov for the job back in 2010 before hiring Billy King.

The NBA has a new 'Iron Man' and his name is Tristan Thompson. He has now played in the most consecutive games 324 after DeAndre Jordan missed Wednesday nights game with pneumonia. 

Alabama running back Derrick Henry will enter the 2016 NFL draft. The Heisman trophy runner helped the Crimson Tide roll to the College Football National Championship. In his 3 years at Alabama he rushed for 3,591 yards,17 receptions for 285 yards and scoring 45 touchdowns.

Mark Davis owner of the Oakland Raiders has secured a parcel of land 80 miles between San Antonio and Austin Texas for the possible relocation of the Raiders. This maybe a strong arm move by Davis to force the city of Oakland to finance the team with a new stadium.

Nike has agreed to extend Ohio State Universities sponsorship deal for 15 years worth $252M. Ohio State will receive $103M not including royalties in cash and $112M in product. The agreement, most of which will take effect with the 2018-2019 season, includes more than $41 million in commitments beyond the Buckeyes’ athletic department to include scholarships and internships for non-athletes at Ohio State.

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