CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns have Chip Kelly's interest. Now they need his signature.
The team is expected to meet with Oregon's innovative coach again Saturday and hopes to complete a deal to make him Cleveland's sixth coach since 1999. The sides met for a reported seven hours in Arizona on Friday and came close to reaching an agreement.
According to a report on NFL.com, Chip Kelly is close to a deal to become the Cleveland Browns' next head coach. Kelly met with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner in Arizona on Friday fresh off the Ducks' win in the Fiesta Bowl.
But Kelly also met with Buffalo and intends to keep a scheduled meeting with Philadelphia, which wasn't going to pursue the 49-year-old when it was learned a deal with Cleveland was near.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are hiring a coach before seeking a general manager to pair with him.
Kelly went 46-7 in four years at Oregon, where his high-tempo offense averaged nearly 50 points per game this season.