Browns sale puts Weeden, Richardson in precarious position


The impending sale of the Cleveland Browns has put the entire organization in flux, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche said “NFL AM” on Friday.

“The mounting speculation around the league is there will be changes in the front office,” Wyche said, citing an unnamed NFL general manager. “That means Mike Holmgren, the team president, likely will be out and anybody he hired is very vulnerable, that includes (general manager) Tom Heckert and a lot of people in the front office.”

The sale of the team to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam was completed Thursday less than a week after current owner Randy Lerner issued a statement confirming he was in negotiations to sell the franchise.

CBS Sports reported Thursday night that former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner would take over as Browns president and “blow (the) whole place up.”

“Typically when these type of changes occur the coaching staff will be evaluated throughout the season but there will be a structure formulated between now and maybe even when Haslem takes ownership in October,” Wyche said.

The change could also affect the future of the team’s most recent draft picks, regardless of how high they were selected, according to Wyche.

Trent Richardson, who was drafted 3rd overall, Brandon Weeden who is a first-round quarterback, these guys are auditioning now,” Wyche said. “They can’t come in and blow up the roster the first year, but you might see Brandon Weeden in a situation like (Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback) Blaine Gabbert is in this year, where his second year he’s with a coach and a structure who didn’t bring him in, they might have to bounce him if things don’t work well for a couple years.”

As one GM told Wyche: “It seems like Cleveland is constantly resetting the clock.”

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