Here's one to make Cleveland fans shake their heads: A partial owner of the hated Pittsburgh Steelers is buying the Browns.
Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the club to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III a minority stockholder in the rival Steelers.
Lerner will sell 70 percent of the Browns to Haslam now, with the other 30 percent reverting to him four years after the closing date, a person with knowledge of the sale told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details have not officially been announced.
Haslam scheduled a news conference at Browns headquarters for Friday .
While the papers have been signed, the NFL still must approve the sale. Getting the nod from 24 of the 32 teams is required, and no date has been set for a vote because the sale has not been presented to the league yet.
Ex-Aggie Wagner may start in Seattle
Seattle rookie Bobby Wagner is being given first shot at taking over as starting middle linebacker.
Finding a replacement in the middle of Seattle's defense was an offseason priority after David Hawthorne signed with New Orleans. The Seahawks opted to try to fill the spot through the draft, taking Wagner in the second round out of Utah State.
Wagner hasn't won the job yet, with head coach Pete Carroll saying that he still wants to see Wagner in preseason games before handing over the job.
Around the league
Redskins • Right tackle Jammal Brown went on the physically unable to perform list after re-injuring his chronically ailing left hip .
Texans • Defensive end J.J. Watt dislocated his left elbow and will miss some practice, but the team doesn't believe his injury is serious. Watt started every game as a rookie, finishing with 56 tackles and 5Â½ sacks.
Panthers • Carolina terminated the contract of offensive tackle and former first-round draft pick Jeff Otah after he failed a physical. Selected with the 19th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, he played well his first two seasons with the team, but developed knee problems beginning in 2009 and has missed 31 of the last 35 games due to injury.
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