Former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini has signed a four-year deal to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns, SportingNews.com has confirmed.
The job in Cleveland became vacant after the team parted ways with former head coach Romeo Crennel.
Mangini is being represented by agent Ron Shapiro, who is Mangini's father-in-law.
The 37-year-old Mangini began his NFL career as a ball boy with the Browns in 1994. He went 23-25 and made the playoffs once in three seasons with the Jets. The team went 10-6 in 2006 and made the postseason, but a 4-12 season followed. This season, Mangini's squad stumbled down the stretch to lose four of their last five and miss the playoffs after an 8-3 start.
The New York Jets fired Mangini last Monday, firing the coach a day after the team failed to make the playoffs despite an 8-3 start and having an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections.
Cleveland has still not revealed who it will pair with Mangini as the team's next general manager. Phil Savage was fired as GM last month.
Additionally, The New York Daily News has reported that Mangini also is interested in hiring current Jets offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to fill the same role in Cleveland.