CHICAGO -- Jimmy Haslams first move as owner of the Cleveland Browns will be his last until the season ends.
But the first move is a whopper.
On Oct. 25, former Eagles executive Joe Banner will take over as the Browns CEO. Haslam said Mike Holmgren will step down as de facto owner, but will remain with the team until the end of the season.
Haslam, who was approved as Browns owner by a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, said over and over that he will make no more personnel decisions in Berea until after the season.
But the move with Banner moves the earth toward a(nother) new era in Cleveland.
Its all about people, Haslam said after he bought the team from the Lerner family.
Those who know Banner credit him for his savvy in business affairs and in handling contracts and the salary cap. He helped bring a new stadium to Philadelphia, and was involved in making it viable for more than eight games a season.
He handled contracts for the Eagles for years, and attacked negotiations with the s...