Chip Kelly wouldn't jump. So the Browns bailed.

Oregon's visor-wearing coach isn't coming to Cleveland -- or the NFL.

A person familiar with Cleveland's coaching search said the team passed on Kelly after he was indecisive about making the leap to the pros. The Browns nearly had a deal with Kelly two days ago, but they've moved on to other candidates, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because of the sensitivity of the search.

The Browns questioned whether Kelly "was committed to coming to the NFL," said the person. And because of Kelly's hesitation, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner returned from Arizona to Cleveland to continue looking for the club's sixth full-time coach since 1999.

As it turns out, Kelly is staying at Oregon, a person with direct knowledge of his choice told the AP late Sunday night.

Kelly's decision was first reported by ESPN.

After Thursday night's Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, Kelly said he hoped to have the interview process "wrapped up quickly." He spent two days interviewing with Cleveland, Buffalo and Philadelphia before deciding to remain at Oregon.

It's the second straight year Kelly has entertained overtures from NFL teams only to reject them. He turned down Tampa Bay's job deep into negotiations last season.

Eagles: Philadelphia took its coaching search to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after a lengthy meeting with Kelly a night earlier in Arizona.


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The Eagles confirmed their meeting with Kelly only after it ended. A person familiar with the situation said Kelly's interview lasted several hours.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski met with McCoy for a few hours and then headed back to Philadelphia. The Eagles plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week.

Bills: Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reached an agreement to become Buffalo's coach, three people familiar with the negotiations said. One person said the sides were still completing the contract for Marrone to sign.

Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired Dec. 31, a day after the Bills closed their second consecutive season with a 6-10 record and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 13 seasons. Marrone, 48, went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse.

Cardinals: The team announced that it is expected to meet with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden regarding its head coaching vacancy. Gruden is the younger brother of former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden. The Cardinals interviewed McCoy on Saturday.

Bears: A person familiar with the situation says Chicago is meeting with McCoy in Denver to discuss its coaching vacancy.