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Reports: Chip Kelly on verge of deal with Browns; Bills meeting with Doug Marrone

By Jay Skurski

It appears the Buffalo Bills might very soon be able to scratch one name off their list of NFL head coaching candidates.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reported tonight via Twitter the following: "BREAKING: Chip Kelly is close to a deal to become the #Browns coach, according to a source informed of his situation".

Buffalo also is reportedly interviewing Syracuse coach Doug Marrone today, according to the following tweet from Cleveland Plain Dealer Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot: "#Syracuse hc doug marrone has interviewed w/ #browns. Is interviewing w/ #bills maybe today. Looks poise to go pro."

In Cabot's report on Kelly closing in on a deal with the Browns, she insinuates the coach never did meet with the Bills or Philadelphia Eagles, another team thought to be interested in his services.

"Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have been interviewing Kelly since 2 p.m., and plan to wrap him up before he interviews with anyone else," Cabot writes. "The Bills were scheduled to interview him today, and the Eagles were up next."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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