Report: Mangini, Browns reach deal

The Baltimore Sun

Eric Mangini is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns, a week after being fired by the New York Jets.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press that Mangini will be introduced today at a news conference at the team's headquarters in Berea, Ohio. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mangini's contract had not been finalized.

Mangini reached an agreement on a four-year deal with the club yesterday, the person said. Mangini is represented by agent Ron Shapiro, who is Mangini's father-in-law.

Mangini, 37, began his NFL career as a ballboy with the Browns in 1994 under then-coach Bill Belichick.

Mangini went 23-25 and made the playoffs once in three seasons with the Jets, who lost four of their final five games this season and missed the playoffs after an 8-3 start.

Mangini is taking over the job one of his best friends in football, Romeo Crennel, was just fired from. The friendship dates to the duo's days as assistants with the Jets under Bill Parcells.

Browns owner Randy Lerner has also been interviewing general manager candidates to replace Phil Savage, who was fired after the season.

Mangini identified Ravens player personnel director George Kokinis as his preference as GM. Kokinis is expected to interview Monday.

Cowboys:: Troubled cornerback Adam Jones was released by Dallas after a season in which he was suspended six games for an off-field fight. The transaction will not become official until Feb. 9, when NFL teams can make waiver requests.

Jones, expected to give the Cowboys a boost on defense and special teams, had no interceptions and averaged just 4.6 yards per punt return.

Injuries:: Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed that he has a torn tendon in his groin and listed himself as doubtful for the team's playoff game against the Steelers on Sunday. ... Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin rested his injured hamstring and said he's not sure he will play Saturday against the Panthers.

Et cetera:: Jack Kemp, 73, the former housing secretary, congressman and Bills quarterback, has been diagnosed with cancer, his office said. ... The Cowboys hired Jaguars assistant Joe DeCamillis to coach their special teams. ... The Saints confirmed that running back Reggie Bush had surgery on his left knee last month. He is expected to be ready for minicamp in June. ... Redskins tight ends coach Rennie Simmons, 66, a holdover from Joe Gibbs' two tenures with the team, announced his retirement. ... Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will take the same job with the Seahawks, the AP reported, under new Seattle coach Jim Mora. ... Former Chiefs GM Carl Peterson said he is not taking a job with the Dolphins, ending speculation.

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