BEREA -- Tom Heckerts future as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns could rest on whether he will have final say regarding the roster.
Thats the word from several NFL insiders contacted in light of the recent reports that the Browns would bring in Mike Lombardi as GM, a move the insiders called not nearly as likely as its been portrayed.
It seems possible Heckert could stay -- provided he retains control over the roster and the draft, which he has in his present contract.
Sources said that new owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have been impressed with Heckerts work, but Banner and Haslam also have said that Banner will be involved in personnel, and that football will report to Banner.
What that means specifically has not been spelled out. If Heckert has control of football with Banner evaluating him, Heckert could stay. If Banner insists on being involved in personnel and having final say over the roster and the draft, it could lead to Heckerts departure.
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