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Courting Kelly: Eagles interview Notre Dame coach

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POSTED January 9, 2013 8:31 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press.

Kelly was the third college coach Philadelphia interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, said the Eagles met with Kelly on Tuesday.

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly interviewed with the Eagles last week, but chose to stay at their schools.

The Eagles have interviewed six candidates and plan to meet with four others.

Kelly recently called coaching Notre Dame his dream job, but he wouldn’t be the first to explore his options perhaps even to get a raise to stay put. …

Rob Chudzinski might get a third shot at coaching the Browns. Maybe this time as the head man. A person familiar with the meeting said Chudzinski, Carolina's offensive coordinator the past two seasons, interviewed Wednesday with the Browns. Chudzinski had two previous stints as an assistant with Cleveland, the team he rooted for as a kid growing up in Toledo, Ohio.

PAYTON’S DEAL: New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton signed a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 season. Payton has guided the most successful period in the franchise's history, leading the Saints to three NFC South division titles and four postseason appearances. Two of his teams advanced to the NFC Championship and the 2009 squad won Super Bowl XLIV. Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation, can return to work Feb. 4, the day after the Super Bowl.

VONNY FOOTBALL: Denver coach John Fox dubbed his elite pass-rusher “Vonny Football.” Miller likes the new nickname and joked he'll call his new custom-made Adidas shoe the same thing.

Miller tested his new shoe, a high-top version of the five-star cleats he used to wear, at practice this week and said he was eager to see how they help him rush Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on Saturday when the Broncos (13-3) host Baltimore (11-6) in the AFC divisional playoffs.

The all-white cleats are pretty narrow.

“Deer have narrow feet, too,” Miller said. “You can't have big, wide feet and run fast.”

PACKER REPORT: Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson (ankle) and Randall Cobb (flu)  should be ready for Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game against San Francisco despite missing practice Wednesday.

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