Seahawks say Holmgren won’t return

The Seattle Seahawks have said that Mike Holmgren will not rejoin

the team.

The Seahawks talked with Holmgren over the weekend about a

senior leadership position.

“After a series of respectful discussions, Mike has declined

our offer to rejoin the team given the structure we proposed,”

Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke said in a statement. “We hold Mike in high

regard and wish the Holmgren family the very best with their new

horizons.”

The 61-year-old Holmgren won a Super Bowl with the Packers

and led the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl appearance as a head

coach.

“I sincerely thank Paul Allen and Tod for all their support

over the years,” Holmgren said in a statement. “I thank them for

reaching out to me and we conclude these discussions as friends.”

Holmgren has also been interested in joining the Cleveland

Browns. He spent two days meeting with Browns owner Randy Lerner

earlier this week.

Holmgren said on his radio show in Seattle on Friday that he

planned to give Lerner an answer “sooner than later” but added

there was no definite timetable. It may have accelerated after he

declined an offer to rejoin the Seahawks.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for anybody,” Holmgren said of

his visit to Cleveland. “It’s about as good a job situation as you

could ask for in this business.”