Not just close folks, very close.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the Cleveland Browns wrapped up seven hours of meetings Friday that were characterized as "very positive," though Kelly informed the Browns that he would proceed to interview with the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles, according to team and league sources.
Continue to hear what I tweeted earlier: Kelly has not told any teams they're out of running. @mortreport says Kelly will meet w/ Buf + Phi— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 5, 2013
Kelly may very well end up as head coach of the Browns, but like so many of the breathless reports on coaching rumors we've seen recently, the idea that Kelly had one foot in Cleveland seems a little premature. If that really was the case, presumably Kelly would have canceled his other interviews, much like Andy Reid did after he met with the Chiefs.
Instead, according to Chris Mortenson, he will meet with the Eagles and Bills and go back to the Browns Saturday night to work on a contract if they are indeed his choice.
Now it's up to the Eagles, if Kelly is indeed their man, to convince him that Philadelphia is a more attractive destination than Cleveland.