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Holmgren will coach Seahawks

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren has reached an agreement on a long-term deal to be coach and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN reported today.

The sports network said the deal is worth more than $4 million a year.The Seahawks would neither confirm nor deny the report; however, the team scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. PST.

With Green Bay eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the playoffs, the Packers coach was at the Seahawks' headquarters Thursday, interviewing for the job left vacant when Seattle fired coach Dennis Erickson.

Holmgren has said he would like a position in which he would be general manager as well as coach.

Holmgren, 50, coached the Packers to victory two years ago in the Super Bowl. He has one more year left on his contract in Green Bay, where he earned $2 million this season.

The Seahawks reportedly were willing to give Holmgren a $21 million, five-year contract.

He talked for hours Thursday with Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt before moving on to dinner at the Mercer Island home of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, owner of the franchise.

Holmgren, coach of the Packers for seven seasons, was accompanied by his agent, Bob LaMonte.

Seattle fired Erickson Dec. 28 after the Seahawks missed making the playoffs for the 10th year in a row, the longest drought among NFL teams.

Holmgren flew to Seattle on Wednesday night. LaMonte was here on Wednesday for preliminary talks.

Holmgren has until Jan. 25 to decide whether to leave Green Bay.

If the Seahawks sign Holmgren to become their coach and GM, it will cost the franchise a second-round draft choice.

The Seahawks also have interviewed their assistant head coach, Pete Rodriguez, and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett for their coaching job.