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Jimmy Haslam, Browns still targeting Peyton Manning

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It’s widely believed throughout the city of Cleveland that the Browns, even in the event they do not fire anyone this offseason, will in the very least add someone to help guide their rebuild in the right direction. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Cafora, that someone may very well be Peyton Manning.

How much does Haslam want Manning, who also has ties back to their home state of Tennessee? Enough to offer him an ownership stake in the Browns.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s interest in having Peyton Manning join his franchise in a prominent team president/top executive role is very strong and sincere, league sources said, with the owner desperate to find ways to put a winning football operations and coaching staff together. …

Some in the NFL believe Haslam would be willing to offer a small equity stake in the team to close such a deal with Manning. In the past some close to Manning have discounted the odds of him going to Cleveland.

La Canfora says it’s a certainty that the Browns will undergo “sweeping changes” this offseason, but it’s unclear as to if these are normal NFL-like changes, or if they’re looked through the Browns lens where most change is considered routine. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Sunday that Haslam met with the players this week in hopes of maintaining a semblance of morale. He also added that Browns head coach Hue Jackson (who, with a 1-24 record since being added, reports directly to Haslam) is looking to have more say in player selection going forward.

mentions the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints as other potential locations for Manning’s services, this assuming he wishes to take on a John Elway-like chapter in his football career. Regardless of if you believe in the team’s current process or not, the true cost of going 4-42 since December of 2014 is having to give equity share in the team in hopes of luring someone to help.