May 25, 2016


Mangini’s fate? Still unknown

The Browns had nothing to report late Wednesday afternoon regarding president Mike Holmgren’s pivotal meeting with coach Eric Mangini.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the meeting began at 2 p.m.

"We don’t have any updates," team spokesman Neal Gulkis said.

Holmgren said Tuesday he hadn’t made up his mind whether to keep Mangini, and that Mangini had a legitimate chance to save his job.

Holmgren gave him a list of questions to ponder before their meeting.

Gulkis confirmed Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert interviewed for the same position with the Browns.

He was at team headquarters Wednesday and left. Heckert is a respected personnel man thoughout the NFL and had been considered for Browns GM in 2005 and ’08. He withdrew from consideration last year after Mangini was hired as coach.

With the Eagles in the playoffs, Heckert can’t be hired until they’re done playing. Holmgren said he has other GM interviews lined up, but wouldn’t say with whom.

J.R. Rickert, Joshua Cribbs’ agent, isn’t happy with the early negotiations with Holmgren for a new contract.

“I am always optimistic, but their idea of ‘making an effort’ and my idea of making an effort are vastly different,” Rickert said in an e-mail to The Chronicle. “We are talking about one of the all-time best special teams players in the game, and we expect ‘an effort’ that is commensurate with that.”

Cribbs has been looking to renogiate the six-year, $6.7 million contract he signed in 2007 since last offseason. He earned his second Pro Bowl trip as a special teamer after posting his best season with six touchdowns and 2,510 all-purpose yards, the fifth most in NFL history.

Holmgren said Tuesday he wants to keep Cribbs, but has to work out "the business part."
"I believe players should be rewarded for what they do," Holmgren said.

"So we have made an effort and we’ll continue to make an effort to handle Josh’s situation.”
Cribbs would like to be paid like one of the top special teamers in the league, which means at least $3 million a year. Cribbs also played receiver and Wildcat quarterback this season.

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