You can forgive new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam if he hasn't been "fired up to the max" much this summer, what with the FBI breathing down his neck as they investigate his trucking company, Pilot Flying J, for fraud. But even though his offices have been raided, he's had to apologize to the other NFL owners and his control over the Browns has been questioned, Haslam says there's no chance he's selling the Cleveland franchise. "Absolutely not," Haslam told ESPNCleveland.com. "We plan on owning the Browns for a long time.” Perhaps the biggest indicator that Haslam might deal the team came in the form of a report that Pilot Flying J had accumulated $4 billion in debt and seen its credit rating take a hit, a story that Haslam wouldn't comment on when asked about by Tony Grossi. The Browns owner did, however, seem "particularly irritated," Grossi writes, before pointing out a list of positive things the team's done since the new ownership took over. “Since October, we put together a completely new front office, hired a new head head coach with two really good coordinators, sold naming rights to the stadium, and went through free agency and the draft,” Haslam said. Haslam also pointed out the money ownership's pumped into "We've spent $5 million remodeling [team headquarters in] Berea," Haslam said. "And we're working on an upwards of $100 million remodeling of the stadium. We've been very committed to turning this franchise around." The NFL's appeared somewhat pleased with the way Haslam's handled things -- Roger Goodell said the Browns owner is "doing everything he's been asked" (NFL wise, anyway) since the feds started investigating Pilot Flying J. And Grossi reports from a league source that Haslam "has been working hand-in-glove" with the NFL during the investigation process.
Jimmy Haslam 'absolutely not' selling Browns amid FBI probe
CBS Sports | Jul 8