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The Cleveland Browns are interested in Marty Schottenheimer, but the former longtime NFL coach says the feeling is not mutual.
Schottenheimer, in an interview with Adam Schein of Sirius NFL radio Monday, responded to the Browns' interest in him to become their next head coach. He was an assistant and head coach in Cleveland from 1980-88.
"I don't see that as being likely at all. I really don't," Schottenheimer, 65, said of returning to the Browns more than 20 years later. "I've made a major change in my life and, again, the only thing I always say, Adam, as a caveat, I don't ever make a decision if I don't have to and thus I haven't made one."
Schottenheimer went on to say the Browns have not contacted him about the job. But some league insiders believe the Browns are clearly interested and started leaking feelers behind-the-scenes to the media to gauge the interest and monitor Schottenheimer's response. It's a practice that happens in the NFL, especially when a current coach (in this case Romeo Crennel) is still on board.
Schottenheimer reiterated his unwillingness to get back into coaching next year but did jokingly bring up an asking price that's out of everyone's range.
"If they want to pay me $30 million a year, I'll have to talk about it," Schottenheimer said. "But actually you couldn't even take the $30 million because we need it for the government so we can get out of this financial crisis we're in. I have not spoken to anybody from there and the likelihood is, if indeed I were to, I don't see it [as being] likely."