A report on Thursday hinted the Cleveland Browns might be for sale, but a team spokesman has put that rumor to rest:
BREAKING: Browns Spokesman Neal Gulkis: "the Cleveland Browns are not for sale"- Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 7, 2012
Cabot later reported that a second team source "hadn't heard anything" about the Browns being shopped.
Howard Eskin of WIP-FM in Philadelphia first reported Thursday that former Eagles president Joe Banner, freed from that role Wednesday, was interested in forming a group to buy the Buffalo Bills. Eskin claimed a league source told him the Browns -- owned by the Lerner family since 1999 -- and St. Louis Rams might also be up for sale.
The report generated intrigue and many questions on Twitter, especially in light of the franchise's move to Baltimore following the 1995 season.
Some have questioned the commitment of team owner Randy Lerner. Browns legend Jim Brown appeared on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" last week and criticized the management style of Lerner, who inherited the Browns in 2002 following the death of his father, Al Lerner.
From what we're hearing, nothing has changed along the shores of Lake Erie.
Update: The St. Louis Rams have emphatically denied Eskin's report, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. A high-ranking official within the organization told Breer the Rams are not for sale and laughed off the report.