Through our Ask the Insiders forum, Lane Adkins has been reporting
exclusively over the past day that the Browns invited Baltimore Ravens VP of Player Personnel Phil Savage to return to
Cleveland late last night to talk with the team once more. This was a second set
of talks following the interview on Monday, and our subscribers were the only
ones to hear of it!
Following a trip to interview Brad Childress in Philadelphia, it appears that
Savage did indeed continue talking to the Browns and that the Browns are poised
to name him as their next General Manager.
12:30 PM: Local radio station WTAM, often a soapbox and business
partner for the team, reports that the Browns intend to call a press conference
tomorrow to name Phil Savage the next GM of the team.
1:00PM: As of this time, BerniesInsiders.com has received no notice
from the team of a press conference for tomorrow.
1:15PM: Lane Adkins confirms that his sources are informing him that
Savage will be named as the team's new General Manager. His sources have not
provided specifics on when a press conference would be held, although Lane has
been told to expect one soon.
1:45PM: Lane Adkins reports that the deal with Savage has not been
completed yet, but looks to be set unless something substantial arises later
today. Savage's agent is coming into town this evening to finalize the contract
this evening. Fans should keep in mind that the deal is likely, but not 100% done.
2:20PM: The national press starts hopping on the story, as Fox Sports'
Jay Glazer reports that Savage
will be named GM. (Thanks for the tip, Jeff!)
4:00PM: Local media have started hedging their reports slightly,
apparently now aware that contract details need to be finalized. These details
are frequently attributed to "sources", which appears to be journalistic
vernacular for web browsers.
5:15PM: Local media here in Cleveland are reporting that Savage will
be named GM as a fait accompli, and offer that there will be a press
conference tomorrow. As of this time, there has been no official press
conference announcement by the Browns, which would lead one to think that an
afternoon press conference is most likely.