Browns agree to hire Mangini as head coach

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to hire Eric Mangini as their head coach, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Mangini, fired last week by the New York Jets, reached an agreement with the club Wednesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because Manginis contract has not been finalized.

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Mangini is being represented by agent Ron Shapiro, who is Manginis father-in-law.

The 37-year-old Mangini began his NFL career as a ballboy with the Browns in 1994.

He went 23-25 and made the playoffs once in three seasons with the Jets, who stumbled down the stretch to lose four of their last five and miss the playoffs after an 8-3 start.

The Browns fired Romeo Crennel after the team went 4-12 this season.