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Jimmy Haslam won't put Cleveland Browns up for sale

A person with key business dealings with the NFL and multiple owners claimed in April that the league was "very, very concerned" about the FBI's investigation into the Pilot Flying J business of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, according to USA Today.

Haslam since has assured Browns fans worried about the franchise's direction that there is "absolutely zero to worry about."

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Following a Wall Street Journal report that Pilot Flying J has $4 billion in debt, speculation has risen that Haslam would seek relief by selling the Browns.

Haslam emphasized Monday that he hasn't even entertained the notion.

"Absolutely not," Haslam told ESPNCleveland.com when asked if he would sell the Browns. "We plan on owning the Browns for a long time."

A league source explained to ESPNCleveland.com that Haslam "has been working hand-in-glove" with the NFL since the FBI began its investigation.

"He is taking direction and he is taking advice (from the NFL)," the source said. "They even have a plan in place in the event there is an indictment (of Haslam) to maintain ownership of the Browns during the legal process."

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