Fox Sports Ohio reports GM Tom Heckert could stay with the Browns under new owner Jimmy Haslam provided he retains control over the roster and the draft.
The report obviously comes from Heckert's camp. Sources tell FS Ohio's Pat McManamon that Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have been impressed with Heckert's work. A potential sticking point is that Banner will be involved in personnel decisions, with the GM and all other football people reporting to him. The decision could come down to Banner's willingness to let Heckert work freely. Several NFL insiders also confirm that NFL Network's Michael Lombardi is "not nearly as likely" to be brought on board as Pro Football Weekly's report suggested. Banner has referred to the Lombardi speculation as "wild speculation," "unfounded," and somebody "taking a shot in the dark."