Browns meet with Doug Marrone; Chip Kelly in limbo

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Jan. 5, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.

The best drama in the NFL Saturday night isn't taking place in Lambeau. It surrounds Chip Kelly's future in the NFL.

Ian Rapoport of reports that the Cleveland Browns met again with Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, two sources said. The Browns are now trying to decide who they prefer: Kelly or Marrone.

That assumes the Browns even have a choice. Kelly is meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Mary Kay-Cabot of the Plain-Dealer reports that Kelly's lunch session with the Eagles on Saturday has extended late into the night. Kelly and the Browns were scheduled to meet again over dinner with the potential of closing a deal.

As of yesterday, sources with knowledge of the Browns decision told Rapoport that Kelly was close to being their coach. At this moment, the team's brass is undecided if it prefers Kelly over Marrone.

This is a high-stakes contractual dance taking place between the Eagles, Browns, and Kelly. Marrone's inclusion in the mix only clouds things.

The future of both organizations hangs in the balance. That's bigger than any playoff game.