Shurmur expected to rejoin Eagles

Report: He'll work with Chip Kelly, who signed a 5-year deal worth about $32.5 million

Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur will return to the Philadelphia Eagles and likely serve as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator, according to reports.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Sunday that Shurmur is expected to join Kelly's coaching staff. The Philadelphia Inquirer and CSNPhilly.com later reported the Eagles hired Shurmur. The team has yet to make an announcement.

Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired Shurmur on Dec. 31 after the Browns finished 2012 with a record of 5-11, their 12th losing season since 1999. On Jan. 10, Haslam and Banner hired Rob Chudzinski to replace Shurmur, who went 9-23 in two seasons with the Browns.

But before the Browns chose Chudzinski, they competed with the Eagles by heavily pursuing Kelly. After Kelly interviewed with both teams, he decided to return to the University of Oregon, where he had been the head coach since 2009.

Kelly, however, shocked the world by becoming the Eagles' coach on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he began meeting with his suitors from the professional ranks. The Eagles made Kelly one of the 10 highest-paid NFL coaches, signing him to a five-year deal worth about $32.5 million, Schefter reported.

Shurmur, 47, will enter his second tour with the Eagles. He served as their tight ends and offensive line coach from 1999-2001 and their quarterbacks coach from 2002-08. He then spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams before former Browns President Mike Holmgren hired him on Jan. 13, 2011.

Some thought Shurmur would end up with the Kansas City Chiefs because former Eagles coach Andy Reid, his mentor, is now in charge of the organization. The Chiefs, though, hired Doug Pederson as their new offensive coordinator.

Shurmur also reportedly interviewed with the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets for their offensive-coordinator positions. But the Panthers promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to that role, and the Jets hired former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Shurmur and Kelly seem like an odd match because Shurmur's West Coast offense and Kelly's spread offense are so different. Nevertheless, they'll be working together.

GREAT HONOR

Browns Pro Bowl offensive left tackle Joe Thomas is a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the league announced Sunday night.

The award recognizes off-the-field community service and playing excellence. It is named after the legendary Chicago Bears running back who died in 1999.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten are the other finalists. The winner will be announced the night before Super Bowl XLVIII at the second annual NFL Honors, which will be televised on CBS from 9-11 p.m. Feb. 2.

All 32 teams nominated a player, and a selection panel narrowed the list down to three finalists. The 32 nominees received a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. The three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 donation in their name.


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