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Browns, Chip Kelly to meet again tonight

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1/5/2013 11:51:32 AM
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The Browns will meet again with Oregon coach Chip Kelly tonight in Arizona and hope to reach an agreement by the end of the meeting that will make him their 14th fulltime head coach, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

"Be ready for something to happen today,'' a league source told the Plain Dealer today.

Kelly, 49, met with the Browns for seven hours on Friday, but walked away from owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner without a deal, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Kelly told them he wanted to proceed with his previously schedule meetings with the Bills and Eagles. The Browns are still believed to be the frontrunners for Kelly's services.

Kelly met with the Bills Friday night and will meet with the Eagles today. The Browns are schedule to meet with him sometime around dinnertime.

Mortensen said today that one issue for Kelly with the Browns is their uncertain quarterback situation. The Browns have Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy and Thad Lewis all under contract, but Kelly apparently doesn't see his man in the bunch.

"If he becomes their coach, one consensus has been reached,'' Mortensen said. "The Browns don't have their quarterback of the future on the roster.''

If that's true, the Browns will look for a starter in the draft, free agency or through a trade.

If the Browns don't have the deal finalized tonight, they'll certainly try to get it wrapped up by Sunday, the source said.

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