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Browns president resigns in power struggle

BEREA, Ohio (Jan. 3, 2006) -- Cleveland Browns president John Collins resigned, ending a late-season power struggle in the team's front office that nearly led to the firing of general manager Phil Savage.

In a statement released by the Browns, owner Randy Lerner said Collins has resigned his position and that Savage and coach Romeo Crennel will remain in their current roles. Lerner said he will assume Collins' duties until a new president is hired.

Lerner added there are no candidates and he hasn't set a timeframe to bring in another executive.

"My priority is to give the general manager and head coach all the resources necessary to make the Browns successful," Lerner said.

It wasn't immediately clear if Collins will remain with the team in a different role or take a position in Lerner's corporate holdings company.

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