SBD/Issue 55/Franchises

Carmen's Policy Is That He Is Staying Put In Cleveland

Browns President Carmen Policy "reticence to be in the public eye should not ... be taken as a sign that he might leave" the team, according to Patrick McManamon of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Policy: "I have absolutely no plans to go anywhere. Unless they don't want me. There's still work to be done, and I really feel that we have to come as close as humanly possible to what (late Owner Al Lerner) wanted to accomplish — out of respect to his memory." Policy said that he has been "working closely" with Chair Randy Lerner, Al's son, and "things are going well." But McManamon wrote "there was some logic to the thinking" that Policy might leave the team, as Randy Lerner "might want to bring in his own man to run the team, and after five years, Policy would have his 10[%] ownership. League scuttlebutt said Policy could return to California if a team were placed in Los Angeles or if the Chargers moved there, or (in the most far-out of scenarios) go to Seattle to run the Seahawks if Paul Allen fires Mike Holmgren." Policy said that the "reason he has referred to this year and next was because it coincided with the end of the original five-year plan he and Lerner developed." Policy: "We laid everything out in a five-year plan. Everything from our finances to community involvement to the role we would play at the league level and ultimately to where we were competitively" (BEACON JOURNAL, 12/1).

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