Report: Browns expect to hire Heckert as GM


The Cleveland Browns are expected to announce as early as Monday that they have hired Philadelphia's Tom Heckert as their new general manager, league sources tell ESPN.

Heckert, whose father, Tom, worked as a scout for the Browns in the 1980s, could be hired once the Eagles complete their season. They play the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC playoffs Saturday night. Heckert reportedly was going to interview for Seattle's GM job this week but backed out.

New Browns president Mike Holmgren interviewed Heckert, who has been a GM since January 2006 with the Eagles, on Wednesday. Holmgren met with Seattle pro personnel director Will Lewis on Friday, but sources say the GM job is Heckert's.

NFL Network reported Friday night that Heckert likely would be announced as the Browns' new GM on Monday.

It's possible both Lewis and Heckert could wind up in Cleveland's front office.

During his introductory news conference, Holmgren hinted that Cleveland's hierarchy could be revamped.

"We talked about change and some of that is just restructuring," he said. "Sometimes you have five people changing the light bulb. We're going to look at everything and try and streamline things, get good people to do it and work hard."

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