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The lingering search has created the appearance that the job is not appealing. Haslam, though, insists the Cleveland coaching spot is a “very attractive position.”

“We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers,” he said. “In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.”

The Browns also interviewed Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who could get a second meeting when the Seahawks’ season ends. New England coordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles removed their names from consideration. Ken Whisenhunt met with the Browns before he was hired by Tennessee, and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo interviewed with Cleveland but was hired Tuesday as the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator.

Former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak met with Haslam and Browns CEO Joe Banner this week.

During the Browns‘ search, other prominent names emerged, including Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. However, neither is believed to be on Cleveland’s radar.

It’s also possible the team will ask to meet with San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

As they look for a new coach, the Browns have granted permission for offensive coordinator Norv Turner to interview with the Vikings, and they’ve told defensive coordinator Ray Horton he can interview for the same position in Tennessee.

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