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Reports: Michael Lombardi to join Patriots front office

Mike Lombardi, Joe Banner, Jimmy Haslam AP

It took Michael Lombardi five years to get another job with an NFL team after being let go by the Oakland Raiders following the 2007 season.

The wait apparently won’t be nearly as lengthy this time around.

According to multiple reports, Lombardi is going to join the front office of the New England Patriots after being fired as General Manager of the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday. Chris Fedor of the 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland first reported that the two sides were nearing an agreement.

Lombardi will be reuniting with Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. The two worked together with the Browns during Belichick’s first head coaching opportunity in Cleveland from 1991-1995. Lombardi’s role with the Patriots is unclear.

Lombardi spent five years working in the media after being fired by Oakland before being hired to run the Browns prior to last season.

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41 Responses to “Reports: Michael Lombardi to join Patriots front office”
  1. patswhatsup says: Feb 13, 2014 1:39 AM

    Why?

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 13, 2014 1:46 AM

    Well this is a great fit. Lombardi is a nice complementary asset indeed. Didn’t care for him with all the power but he does bring depth to perspective. A pretty shrewd move for a nice asset. The Patriots shriveled up near the end, but now they are reassembling and brewing for something new. Better keep an eye on them. If you can handle the height of things.

  3. snikerbotloot says: Feb 13, 2014 1:57 AM

    Cleveland made a mistake firing this guy.

  4. brenenostler says: Feb 13, 2014 2:00 AM

    Yep there’s no way the Browns are getting Ryan Mallet now

  5. bobgriffinthe3rd says: Feb 13, 2014 2:36 AM

    lol

  6. nflsecurity862 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:41 AM

    The rest of the AFC East are holding their breath hoping this news is true!

  7. anicra says: Feb 13, 2014 2:47 AM

    Least he gets to be by the guy he covets so much, Ryan Mallett

  8. patsfan1820 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:55 AM

    Wasn’t expecting this at all but I guess Belichick and him are still cool.

  9. dlbpatsfan says: Feb 13, 2014 3:05 AM

    I honestly felt this coming. Right after the report of Cleveland letting him go.

  10. clownsfan says: Feb 13, 2014 5:07 AM

    Good riddance.

  11. andyr2120 says: Feb 13, 2014 5:35 AM

    Cool! He won’t be on TV.

  12. pftbro says: Feb 13, 2014 6:00 AM

    “It’s still unclear as to what role Lombardi will take on with the Patriots.”

    It’s still unclear what he did with the Browns, perfect.

  13. jharmon64 says: Feb 13, 2014 6:09 AM

    Another one and done in Cleveland.

  14. bringbackkosar says: Feb 13, 2014 6:16 AM

    BB’s eyeglasses cleaner

  15. macbull says: Feb 13, 2014 6:33 AM

    Maybe the Patriots will take Joe Banner too…

  16. watchfullhose says: Feb 13, 2014 6:38 AM

    He will be the new paper boy

  17. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 13, 2014 6:44 AM

    LOL

  18. yb1956 says: Feb 13, 2014 6:52 AM

    It’s been 10 years since they had a Lombardi

  19. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 13, 2014 6:55 AM

    And the Patriots just got weaker.

  20. ctsegall says: Feb 13, 2014 7:29 AM

    Can you take Brandon Weeden with you? Please? Pretty please?

  21. brainslicer says: Feb 13, 2014 7:40 AM

    Lombardi’s role with the Browns was unclear too.

  22. brownsclown says: Feb 13, 2014 7:42 AM

    That move will create parity in the AFC East within two draft cycles!

  23. restorativejusticeprogram says: Feb 13, 2014 7:44 AM

    He will be dining off that Trent Richardson for a first-round pick for the rest of his career.

    I believe his title will be Director of Fleecing.

  24. northshorejag says: Feb 13, 2014 7:55 AM

    They’d be better off hiring Chris Berman

  25. akatrain says: Feb 13, 2014 7:58 AM

    Belicheck must need someone to pick up his laundry .

  26. GBwomenrhot says: Feb 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    Nice to land on your feet….must have been the penance he did in Cleveland.

  27. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Feb 13, 2014 8:21 AM

    Let’s hope he takes his unique talents with him to Foxboro.

  28. nesportsfan0428 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:31 AM

    The last time the Patriots took someone out of Cleveland, it worked out pretty well.

  29. tigerlilac says: Feb 13, 2014 8:32 AM

    So, who is right about Lombardi, the Browns’ fans and Haslam or Belichick? To be fair, the roles are different but the guy either adds value or he doesn’t. I am betting on Belichick when it comes to football.

  30. ez4u2sa says: Feb 13, 2014 8:35 AM

    Don’t know why the Patriots would bring him in but, Belichick must have his reasons.

  31. johnlink00 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:37 AM

    Good spot for him. He won’t have the keys to the car, but Bill could use a decent back seat driver.

  32. blantoncollier says: Feb 13, 2014 8:44 AM

    Ernie Adams, Bill Belichick and Mike Lombardi all back together again. The conspiracy guys should love this.

    Often wondered why Billy never hired his close friend Mike sooner?

  33. tukai9248 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:45 AM

    It will be the 1st Lombardi the Patriots have seen since Spygate.

  34. patriotinvasion says: Feb 13, 2014 8:49 AM

    This obviously means the Lombardi will be coming to Foxboro one way or another.

  35. gridironrat says: Feb 13, 2014 8:56 AM

    Very good development for the Patriots.

  36. rob471773 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:24 AM

    Great move for the Patriots.

    I wouldn’t want Lombardi calling all the shots as a GM, but it never hurts to add an experience voice into the mix. Especially when Belichick surrounds himself with puppets who don’t have the pedigree or balls to question him.

  37. logicaldawg says: Feb 13, 2014 10:29 AM

    Haha!!!

    Good luck with that.

  38. purpleguy says: Feb 13, 2014 10:42 AM

    At least this means we won’t have to listen to him as part of the media.

  39. rc33 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:21 AM

    Stockpiled numerous draft picks, including fleecing Indy of their 1st round pick, and cleared up approx. $46M in cap space. I can certainly see why they got rid of him.

  40. gridironczar says: Feb 13, 2014 11:41 AM

    Good football guy. He’s not running the show and is a great support guy. Fresh eyes in the organization. Does nothing to hurt the Patriots and he’s in place should Nick Caserio leave next year.

  41. rajbais says: Feb 13, 2014 5:22 PM

    Awesome!!!

    Btw, when people leave Cleveland they win.

    Coaches such as Vince Lombardi, Bill Belichick, Chuck Daly, George Karl, and Red Auerbach did and executives like Ozzie Newsome did as well.

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