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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Jim Brown to have Browns role again

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Jim Brown, who had a falling out with the Cleveland Browns in recent years, will soon have a formal role with the team again, owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday.

"Jim Brown and I have spent a lot of time together. We spent about an hour together last night, and I think we've established a really good relationship, and I think sometime over the next two or three weeks we'll formalize that relationship and Jim will play the appropriate role with the Cleveland Browns," Haslam told reporters from the owners meetings in Phoenix.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Haslam wouldn't go into detail about Brown's new position because "It's a big deal, and that's why I want to do it right. In the next couple of weeks we'll announce something."

Brown had been at odds with the club after former team president Mike Holmgren removed him from his role as an adviser to owner Randy Lerner.

Late last year, Brown ended his boycott of the team and said he hoped to have a role with the team in the future after meeting Haslam.

"I think he feels good about it, and I think we feel good about it, and rightfully so," Haslam said. "I've really enjoyed getting to know him, not just as a great football player but as a man."

Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons with the Browns before he unexpectedly retired to pursue an acting career. He is the franchise's career leader in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns.

His No. 32 was retired by the Browns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.