Banner responded with a statement issued by the Browns: "Any implication that I had anything to do with Jason LaCanfora's story [on CBSsports.com] is completely false, outrageous, and borders on being libelous," he said.
The back-and-forth suggested that the bitterness might carry over into the meetings. But Banner said Sunday that he had already met with Lurie and had a "totally cordial" conversation.
"I was surprised that happened [in January]. He said what he said. I responded," Banner said Tuesday. "I think it's part of the past now. It was a moment in time in a long, close relationship."
Lurie and Banner were friends growing up in the Boston area. When Lurie bought the Eagles in 1994, he brought Banner aboard to run the day-to-day operations. Banner eventually became team president and the Eagles had an extended period of success.
But Banner stepped down last summer as his role seemingly became marginalized by the ascension of Roseman and Banner's eventual successor, Don Smolenski. Banner wasted little time in finding another job and was hired by new owner Jimmy Haslam to run the Browns in October.
That set up a showdown for Kelly as the Eagles and Browns sought new coaches in the offseason. Both teams interviewed the Oregon coach. A report said the Browns had dropped out of the Kelly chase. Kelly has said that the Eagles were his clear choice.
"Obviously, we did interview Chip," Banner said, "and beyond that I haven't commented about what happened, and I'm not going to."
There will be obvious comparisons between the two teams. Banner said that he would be too preoccupied with the Browns to fixate on the Eagles. But it's hard to imagine two men as competitive as Banner and Lurie not wanting to top each other.
"We worked together for 18-plus years," Banner said. "We shared a lot of visions and memories together, shared our lives. So now I'm a distance away. Frankly, I don't want him to know what I'm doing football-wise and he doesn't want me to know what he's doing football-wise. Of course, it's very difficult. That doesn't mean there still isn't a deep connection."
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