Reports indicate that a deal should be struck and finalized soon to transfer majority ownership and 70% of the Cleveland Browns to Jimmy Haslam III.
Long story short: good.
Randy Lerner is a nice guy (I'm assuming) from all I've seen of him, but unlike his father, he was never cut out to be an NFL owner. Thus, the hire of Mike Holmgren to basically play the part of owner on everything except the level of signing the checks.
For all the Lerner family means to Cleveland and their part in bringing back the Browns in 1999, it's time to move forward with a new majority owner with an eye toward bringing the franchise back to respectability. If the rumors of former Eagles team president Joe Banner's involvement are true, all the better. With GM Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur being Philly alums, it should be easier to maintain some semblance of continuity during the transition.
The Browns are an organization that was badly in need of structural change for a number of years, and, truth be told, they never really had a functional one from 1999 to now. The 2002 playoff team and the 2007 10 win squad were products of a little bit of good luck, not a cultural change in the organization dedicated to results. Mike Holmgren is to be commended for doing something about this over the past two years and setting the organization up for success in the future, but his work here was largely finished when the sale was first mentioned as a possibility.
Now, the organization needs stability and time to grow together with the new owner and his management team. No GM or head coach in the post-expansion era has last more than four years, and with the collection of talent assembled, at least Heckert needs to be allowed to continue to grow the roster as he has for the past three offseasons. From a personnel standpoint, the course can and should be stayed with the new regime.
On the field, I have less good things to say about Coach Shurmur, but that could very well change this year. The best case scenario for him this season is to prove through some upsets that he can get this team to victories in the medium to long term. He needs a good showing to justify keeping his job this year.
Overall, while the situation in the owner's box may be changing, the development on the field should not be affected, and I believe at least one, if not both, of the key men in this organization should survive into 2013 and beyond.