Bill O'Brien fielded offers and even had detailed conversations, but the first-year coach hasn't been convinced it's time to leave Penn State.
O'Brien, who was hired last January to replace Joe Paterno, told The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., late Thursday that he was contacted by multiple NFL teams and "entertained overtures" through his agent Joe Linta but declared to remain at Penn State for at least another season.
"I'm not a one-and-done guy," O'Brien said, according to The Patriot-News. "I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do. I'm not gonna cut and run after one year, that's for sure."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported Thursday that the Browns interviewed O'Brien for their head coaching position.
O'Brien will reportedly receive a level of autonomy in structural and personnel changes at Penn State. The Patriot-News said O'Brien did not deny his motives for talking with NFL were strategic, designed to gain leverage.
The Nittany Lions have a high-rated recruiting class for 2013 thanks in large part to quarterback Christian Hackenburg.
Before he was hired at Penn State, O'Brien was offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.