Report: Gase would likely reject Browns

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 12:54 PM Jan 18 2014   UPDATED: 12:54 PM Jan 18 2014

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase will likely turn down the Cleveland Browns if they offer him the head coaching job, Cleveland.com reported Saturday.

Gase has not met with the Browns because he is putting off all interviews until the Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs. Denver hosts the New England Patriots in the AFC title game Sunday.

Gase will probably reject an offer from the Browns because he wants to work with quarterback Peyton Manning for at least another season. Gase has been with the Broncos since 2009. This is his first season as offensive coordinator.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles have withdrawn their names from consideration this month.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wrote a letter to fans on Jan. 15, indicating the team is "prepared to wait as long as necessary" to hire a coach and has "purposefully been very methodical" in their search. Rob Chudzinski was fired in December after one season.