The plan states that a deal will get done, and he will be introduced him as their head coach at a news conference on Friday, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter today.
The contract should not be difficult to close, since Browns president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert, executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier and Shurmur all have the same agent, Bob Lamonte.
Shurmur, 45, is represented by the same agent as Holmgren and Heckert. Shurmur, who worked with Heckert in Philadelphia for eight of Shurmur’s 10 years there, was the first candidate interviewed by the Browns. They also talked to Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
If the Browns can’t reach a deal with Shurmur, they could interview former Panthers coach John Fox, Schefter reported. Fox, also a Lamonte client, spent Wednesday interviewing for the Broncos head coach job.
Shurmur has served the last two years as offensive coordinator of the Rams, where he helped develop rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick, this season. Before that, he was Eagles quarterbacks coach for seven seasons and tight ends coach for three.
He’s the nephew of the late Fritz Shurmur, Holmgren’s defensive coordinator in Green Bay and Seattle.