- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Even with a new regime, something remains the same for the Cleveland Browns: Nothing comes easy for the franchise.
After one report had Cleveland close to a deal with Oregon's Chip Kelly, the presumed top choice for head coach left a seven-hour meeting with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and chief executive officer Joe Banner without an agreement. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Kelly remains the favorite to become the Browns' new coach and a deal could get done if they decide to move forward Saturday night.
Kelly chose to continue with his scheduled interviews, and was to meet with the Bills and Eagles. The Bills likely won't offer what Kelly can make in Cleveland, and there are rumblings that the Eagles aren't as interested in Kelly as originally believed. That's why Kelly is still expected to go to Cleveland.
If this is going to be the end result, Kelly could have endeared himself more to the Dawg Pound by reaching an agreement Friday night. The speculation surrounding the Browns' coaching search was that Kelly was the top candidate and Penn State's Bill O'Brien was the next target. With O'Brien staying at Penn State, the Browns probably want to get a deal done with Kelly as soon as possible or they may have to go much farther down their wish list.
So, to recap, the Browns will probably end up with Kelly. It's just going to take longer than what the Browns and their fan base would like.