NFL Rumors: Browns interested in Seattle’s John Idzik for front office?

Jason La Canfora tweeted that the Browns, while focused on the head coach, might also be interested in a cap/negotiator for their front office.

Idzik comes from a football line. His father (also named John) won a Super Bowl as an offensive backfield coach when the Baltimore Colts won Super Bowl V.

Idzik’s duties in Seattle are described on the Seahawks profile page as follows:

With Seattle, Idzik oversees player negotiations, the team’s compliance with the NFL salary cap, player personnel transactions, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts, team travel and most aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations. In addition, he serves as the club’s primary liaison to the NFL Office and represents the club at League meetings.

It’s hard to say where Idzik might fit in because nobody has published an organizational chart of what Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam ultimately want. Is Idzik a player personnel / GM candidate or another candidate for an executive VP on the football side of things to assist Banner with the salary cap and contract negotiations?

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  • Garry_Owen

    Super Bowl.

  • JHop

    As long as John Idzik isn’t a secret alias for Mike Lombardi I will be happy.

  • boomhauertjs

    I thought Banner was the cap expert?

  • @TheDeePagel

    We should give Gerrard Warren a crack at the “cap expert”….he had such insightful quotes that showed he was front office material.

    Who could forget the classic….”Cut off the head and the body dead.”

  • dwhit110

    I’m all for bringing in as many smart VP-level type people to help run this operation as possible. A far cry from the days when Mangini was basically running the entire organization.

  • Porckchopexpress

    Its actually an anagram for Zjidi Khon, he was the cap manager for Gockzam 2 most recently and also he was working with Kessel during their unprecedented 6 parsec run. You think our cap is tough? Try convertting Keurillian Guintos into pure conciousness as the Sargon have no need for actual currency.

  • Harv 21

    If the NFL ever abolishes the cap Joe Banner will face a serious existential crisis.

    Starting to remind me of the quiet little kid in every neighborhood who quietly offers you trades for stuff and you can’t understand why. But you just know he’s up to something.

  • Not sure what to make of all these executive hires. Love the Scheiner addition as I’m fully behind him being the business/in-game experience guy. I don’t know enough about the others to speak in an educated way, but I can’t imagine that many other teams have all these layers of execs. If it allows more focus rather than multiple-hat wearers, I’m for it. It’s not my money.

  • Kildawg

    Han Solo later did the Kessel Run in under 6 parsects. Don’t underestimate the Millennium Falcon.

  • Garry_Owen

    So we are getting a purple coach?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    You know what they say: “Too many cooks make the best broth”….


    This times eleventy billion.

  • seadome13

    Lets not forget that Gerrard Warren is still playing football unlike a lot of our former #1 Draft picks. But that quote still gets me every time.

  • Big Z

    I don’t know. Did you?

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    For once I feel like the turnover in the offseason is going to be mainly in the front office instead of the roster. All kinds of new faces up top hopefully just not on the field. (except maybe in the secondary)

  • mgbode

    So if shurmur and other coaches follow reid to chiefs then does kc expect better results with our leftovers this time?