|Joe Banner has new challenges to face, apparently. (AP)|
Whether you choose to believe the theory put forth by former Eagles president Joe Banner that he's leaving the organization voluntarily and did not, in fact, lose a power struggle to coach Andy Reid -- this is what he told CBSSports.com's Clark Judge on Thursday, anyway -- there's little question he's not ready to leave the NFL.
Banner implied to Judge he was bored by his old job and that he needed a new challenge, and as Judge wrote, “So he looks for the next hill to climb, and I know people who think it could involve part ownership of a club -- with Banner, say, the guy who pulls together a group of partners or plans the construction of the team's next home or gets involved with projects similar to what occurred on his watch in Philadelphia.”
That sort of idea apparently was enough for one Philadelphia radio personality to muse that Banner could be part of a group trying to buy the Browns along with two other possible franchises.
The Browns, though, say explicitly that the rumor is not true, telling the AP that the team is not for sale.
For what it's worth, the Browns have been owned by the Lerner family since 1989, but to be fair to Eskin, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Bills could be for sale at some point relatively soon (owner Ralph Wilson is 93 years old) and that the Rams could be the next possibility to leave their home town and move to Los Angeles.
But as far as Cleveland being next on Banner's itinerary, that sounds out of the question for now.
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