Chip Kelly to talk to Eagles; Browns still optimistic

Can the Eagles break up the potential marriage between Chip Kelly and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam? (US Presswire)

On Friday,’s Mike Freeman reported that Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the Browns were close to signing an agreement to make Kelly the new head coach in Cleveland.

Kelly apparently doesn’t feel ready to commit quite yet.

That’s why, as Freeman reported Saturday, the Eagles are flying to Arizona to interview Kelly, and according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kelly also has interviewed with the Bills. Kelly reportedly will make the decision on his coaching future by Saturday night, but he promised to keep his interviews with all three suitors.

According to the AP, Kelly also plans to meet with the Browns again on Saturday.

"The Eagles are committed to finding the right fit for their head coach and are heading to Arizona now to kick off a week of interviews with a variety of candidates including Mike McCoy, Bruce Arians and Gus Bradley," the Eagles said in a statement.

Interesting that they don’t mention Kelly by name, right?

While reports surfaced Saturday saying Kelly’s positive feelings toward the Browns haven’t changed, the Eagles are going to give it a shot at swaying him, anyway. Not mentioning him in their statement might be because they’re trying to lower expectations of actually landing him.

So, why is Kelly bothering?

Here’s what Freeman had to write, "Kelly is doing what many people do when trying to get a new job. He's attempting to get the best deal possible by playing one team against another. One league source said Kelly is playing 'the best game of hardball he's ever seen.' It's believed Kelly is attempting to get as much power over personnel as possible, and that might be an issue with the Browns. We'll see.”

But let’s not forget that Kelly reportedly had accepted a deal to coach the Buccaneers last January before backing away and returning to college. Who’s to say that couldn’t happen again?

Here’s CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora with some perspective: 

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