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Browns have no comment on images of Lombardi with Browns materials

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Several of you noticed during Monday’s coverage of the Scouting Combine images of former Browns G.M. Michael Lombardi looking at paperwork containing a large image of the Browns logo while working with his new employer, the New England Patriots.

Whatever the materials were, the Browns aren’t saying anything about the subject.

The Browns provided PFT with a “no comment” response to PFT about the situation, and the Browns separately have provided a “no comment” to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Cabot adds, citing an unnamed source, that current Browns G.M. Ray Farmer isn’t concerned about the situation.

It’s impossible based on the images displayed on NFL Network to know whether the Browns should be concerned.  Obviously, a personnel executive fired before free agency or the draft carries his own mental impressions out the door, barring the intervention of the Men in Black.  But if the fired personnel executive carries through the door scouting reports prepared by other employees of the organization, that could be a problem.

From the Browns’ perspective, there’s nothing to be gained by crying foul, because the Browns could have avoided any misappropriation of proprietary information by, for example, putting Lombardi on ice until after the draft or ensuring that he was taking no scouting reports or other useful information for draft purposes out of the building.

For now, it’s simply not known what Lombardi had, who prepared it, or whether he should have had the information.  Those things likely never will be known.

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66 Responses to “Browns have no comment on images of Lombardi with Browns materials”
  1. DicksSportingWoods says: Feb 25, 2014 9:40 PM

    The Browns dominate the league…..in headlines.

  2. raiderapologist says: Feb 25, 2014 9:42 PM

    The Browns are a threat?

  3. bnwpnw says: Feb 25, 2014 9:42 PM

    The Cleveland Browns clown show. IT JUST KEEPS GOING.

  4. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 25, 2014 9:47 PM

    It’s a video of himself and others laughing hysterically after the Richardson trade.

  5. firerogergoodell says: Feb 25, 2014 9:52 PM

    Yeah I’m sure Michael Lombardi is in possession of some real valuable scouting information …LOL. Bill is probably just using it as a reference of players NOT to draft.

  6. rcali says: Feb 25, 2014 9:53 PM

    The Browns have really never found details to be important. I know, I know, thumbs down Browns fans because things are going to change.

  7. fedupincleveland says: Feb 25, 2014 9:53 PM

    Lombardi is a bitter ex-employee. He leaked Harbaugh pursuit, Banner wanting Coordinators to report to him, and now he waives a Browns binder around the Combine.

    Lombardi is an immature weasel.

  8. braincake63 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:06 PM

    “Potato Salad!” said the homeless rickshaw driver candidate on Seinfeld.

    As for the pics, Lombardi may have just lost a lot of money…

  9. urbusted2 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:06 PM

    not cool

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 25, 2014 10:09 PM

    “Hey Bill, where’d you get this old playbook from? Don’t tell me…. all these years… you crafty old devil. Everyone thought Brady was the reason you guys were winning…..”.

  11. realnflmaster says: Feb 25, 2014 10:14 PM

    Is anyone surprised the Cheaters are involved in something like this? And LOL I cannot believe the word “cheat-riots” is banned by you guys at PFT.

    Pats fans much?

  12. 00maybe00next00year00 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:17 PM

    As if anything of value could be garnered from Cleveland browns paperwork.

    The patriots should be concerned.

  13. paulbrown46 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:19 PM

    Based on last year’s Browns draft, which was led by Lombardi, no wonder Farmer is not worried. Lombardi probably pulled that binder out of the dumpster as he was leaving the Browns’ facility.

  14. esracerx46 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:23 PM

    Does New England really want the Browns scouting reports?

  15. anonymous135 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:26 PM

    The playbook to success on how to not run a franchise – lessons learned.

  16. calibear831 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:33 PM

    Combine gate

  17. geicocaveman says: Feb 25, 2014 10:37 PM

    Oh no the blueprint for success has been taken.

  18. jerruhjones says: Feb 25, 2014 10:38 PM

    What a douche Lombardi is. I’m so glad Haslam dumped him and Banner both!

  19. kd75 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    It is all the game film and defensive hand signals used by the coach who just got fired.

    Whoop-te-doo…

  20. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Feb 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    Bill Belichick: “Um, Mike, seriously, you can throw that all out.”

  21. gromgrimfist says: Feb 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    And the cheating Patriots are cheating again no way belicheat would allow that

  22. dontasemebro says: Feb 25, 2014 10:56 PM

    WEASEL! Always has been and always will be!

  23. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 25, 2014 11:00 PM

    Lombardi: Here’s what the Browns want to do. Let’s do the exact opposite. Are we clear? Great! Let’s go to the bar for happy hour.

  24. jimjets says: Feb 25, 2014 11:25 PM

    Wait just a minute here!!! You guys insinuating bill Belichick would cheat??? NEVER!!!!!!!

  25. geeandpoquito says: Feb 25, 2014 11:26 PM

    I cannot believe Haslam would let Lombardi walk out with the formula to the Browns success. Incredible. The recipe for New Coke, the screenplays for the last 3 Jason Statham movies, the evidence of WMDs in Iraq, and Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate will all seen in Lombardi’s briefcase as well.

  26. couchbasher says: Feb 25, 2014 11:30 PM

    Now the other Lombardi twitter leaker who is STILL with the Browns needs to go.

    For the record, Lombardi will not be of much help. Just ask Jamarcus Russell. He also didn’t think much of Josh Gordon at the NFLN. Bess/Krueger??

    the bigger question is: when was Lombardi ever right?

  27. natijim235 says: Feb 25, 2014 11:31 PM

    browns fornt office is a joke

  28. camdenyard says: Feb 25, 2014 11:32 PM

    If I were any other NFL team, I’d be running screaming from any Browns scouting report.

    Just sayin’.

  29. sourdoughsam says: Feb 25, 2014 11:34 PM

    Going out on a limb here, but maybe he kept his draft notes from when he was working in Cleveland. It would have been a dumb move to have left those behind.

  30. thenyolive says: Feb 25, 2014 11:43 PM

    More importantly, if he sucked at his job so badly, why should the browns care?

  31. therealraider says: Feb 25, 2014 11:46 PM

    If Michael Lombardi did indeed steal material from the Browns after he was fired, The Browns should call the police.

  32. klroot says: Feb 25, 2014 11:46 PM

    When taking into consideration, the players acquired by the Browns last year, I can understand how Ray Farmer is not concerned about what Lombardi has in his notes.

  33. atk87 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:00 AM

    So how does this work? If Lombardi produced his own work and took it with him upon firing, is that intellectual work the property of Mr Lombardi, or his former boss? Likewise, if other intellectual work was made by other employees (whose research subsequently lent to Mr Lombardi’s work) who were then fired by the former employer, who holds the rights over the intellectual property? In any consequence, there’s probably no one left at the Browns organization that helped compile those alleged documents in Lombardi’s possession, as they’ve likely all been long since fired by Haslam.

  34. smarterfootball says: Feb 26, 2014 12:07 AM

    I don’t trust any of Mary Kay Cabot’s unnamed sources.

  35. binkystevens says: Feb 26, 2014 12:15 AM

    Must just be pure coincidence that’s he’s with the Patriots now…

  36. browns4ever says: Feb 26, 2014 12:26 AM

    SPYGÀTE 2.0
    This shows exactly what kind of person Lombardi is.

  37. my84cj7 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:34 AM

    Surprise, surprise?

  38. brownsmakemecrazy says: Feb 26, 2014 1:13 AM

    Based on his stellar draft last year lol, this is a non story

  39. lanman11 says: Feb 26, 2014 1:32 AM

    Or maybe it’s binders with his own notes. Anybody ever have binders around with your old work stuff in it?

  40. mx1dave says: Feb 26, 2014 1:46 AM

    why would anybody even care. the clowns, I mean the browns master plan. I am sure there is a lot of useful crap for bill to laugh about.

  41. footballphan says: Feb 26, 2014 2:10 AM

    I’m almost sure that N.England would give a damn about what the Cleveland Browns think or are doing…

    Is there a possibility that these mysterious draft notes could be Mike Lombardi’s personal evaluations regarding draft prospects? I mean….after all, he was just recently employed by the Cleveland Browns organization a few weeks ago. There’s probably a decent chance that he had taken some notes for the upcoming draft.

    Why does everything have to have some kind of weird undertone that suggests the worst case scenario? I’m sure that Belichick and Lombardi somehow stole the highly sought after draft scouting notes of the almighty Cleveland Browns, since they automatically know which prospects are going to succeed.

  42. pats2014 says: Feb 26, 2014 2:22 AM

    Oh my goodness! They’re cheating! They’re cheating!

    Orrrr the guy spent months and months on evaluations of potential draft prospects and free agents and didn’t feel like burning them all just because they had a Browns logo on the back.

    Either/or.

  43. dickshotdogs says: Feb 26, 2014 2:25 AM

    I love this. New England is awesome. :))

  44. andrewluck12 says: Feb 26, 2014 2:27 AM

    lol. lombardi is a very dislikeful person. just oozes prick. nfl network errr… the browns are better off with him

  45. mountaindont says: Feb 26, 2014 2:53 AM

    I didn’t know the browns had a logo. How many non Browns fan can think about what it is without checking?

  46. All-American Voltron says: Feb 26, 2014 3:02 AM

    With all the stuff w/this franchise the past month or so, they should rebrand this team the Cleveland Circus. New uniforms can be a clown logo on a helmet replete with floppy cleats…

  47. joetoronto says: Feb 26, 2014 4:13 AM

    I remember when he was with the Raiders and Al Davis let him go , even though he wasn’t under contract and working on a handshake.

    The word then got out that the man was a snake in the grass and everyone around the league kept their distance from him.

    I guess some people forgot.

  48. campcouch says: Feb 26, 2014 5:10 AM

    Either he swiped them and this is his way of shooting the bird or he compiled some data and took it with him. Either they call him a thief or don’t care. The NFL will probably ask him what’s up,but the Browns seem ready to move on from Lombardi.

  49. drfeelyouup says: Feb 26, 2014 5:54 AM

    This is funny because it’s like cheating off the dumb kid in class. You are going to cheat off the Browns scouting reports? HA HA HA HA HA HA (yes I’m a Browns fan).

  50. ballboy48 says: Feb 26, 2014 5:56 AM

    Lombardi is a snake. He’ll fit right in with his buddy, Spygate Billy.

  51. uglydingo says: Feb 26, 2014 6:31 AM

    3 Questions -
    (1) Are Cleveland Browns are the masters of brilliant player evaluation and drafting? Some may think that they have kept that very well hidden.
    (2) Is Michael Lombardi related to Vince Lombardi?
    (3) Is Belichick still seeking revenge on the Browns?

  52. joemammy says: Feb 26, 2014 6:49 AM

    It was not a Browns scouting report.

    If you look closer at the picture, Lombardi also had a box of crayons on the table.

  53. dsully69 says: Feb 26, 2014 6:57 AM

    With the Browns amazing track record of success one can imagine all NFL teams would clamoring to get their hands on those reports………to put on the floor for their team mascot to soil!

  54. brownsfandvm says: Feb 26, 2014 7:21 AM

    Scum.Bag. This team is a million times better off without he and Banner. Honestly, I was fearful of this offseason with those two at the helm. I know we have had bad drafts prior this this year. However, at a time where your team is poised to do some actual damage, you shouldn’t go into the start of things with your face in your hands. As for Lombardi taking his scouting reports with him, that fact doesn’t surprise me. What else was he going to do? lol….but he probably should have taken it off of Browns letter head…

  55. raidermike says: Feb 26, 2014 7:27 AM

    If these notes are Lombardi’s own personal talent evaluations they’re pretty much as useless anyway as his “own mental impressions” he left with. Anything he might know or think he knows everyone else already forgot.

  56. usa98j30t4 says: Feb 26, 2014 7:31 AM

    Here come the spygate comments……losers.

  57. 2much4u2take says: Feb 26, 2014 7:33 AM

    If Lombardi prepared it, then there is no concern except from the Patriots. The fact this guy has been fired multiple times for poor performance, coupled with his rediculous NFL network career has me wondering how this guy stays employed? Is Matt Flynn’s agent his agent as well? Lombardi must be hard at work looking for the next Tommy Vardell, Craig Powell, Derrick Alexander, Jon Harris, Derrick Gibson, Phillip Buchanon, Tyler Brayton, Robert Gallery, Fabian Washington, Michael Huff, or Jamarcus Russell…..those are all of his 1st round picks from the past….just stellar, just absolutely stellar! What a joke…

  58. apkyletexas says: Feb 26, 2014 7:46 AM

    Belichick has found a new low point – cheating on the Browns.

  59. betterandbetterthan says: Feb 26, 2014 7:48 AM

    Nothing Lombardi requested or prepared would help anyone.

  60. kst2074 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:00 AM

    browns cant even fire someone correctly

  61. ctsegall says: Feb 26, 2014 8:07 AM

    This is what it said:

    1) Draft Craig Powell, LB, OSU, in the first round, despite his coach, John Cooper, telling Powell he’s not going above Round 3.

    2) Draft “Touchdown” Tommy Vardell, FB, Stanford, in the first round, because, hey, everyone needs a fullback.

    3) Skip over Warren Sapp, DT, Miami, in the first round to take aforementioned Craig Powell.

    4) Draft Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St., in the third round despite my own scouts projecting him lower in the draft.

  62. brownsclown says: Feb 26, 2014 9:05 AM

    Lombardi. Fired six times. How many of you work with someone fired six times? And if you do, how much stock do you put in their assessments?

  63. spunjmunke says: Feb 26, 2014 9:12 AM

    “Going out on a limb here, but maybe he kept his draft notes from when he was working in Cleveland. It would have been a dumb move to have left those behind.”

    Typically when you have a job, you sign something stating that whatever you create on company time is intellectual property of the company. If he did sign something like this, then what he did (allegedly) is theft.

  64. CKL says: Feb 26, 2014 10:57 AM

    I’m a Pats fan but I was hardly thrilled when they hired Lombardi. I’ll tell you one reason why. When he was on NFLN and writing for NFP, he used to make snide remarks about the Raiders like calling the franchise “the Hotel” (as in Hotel California, loony bin). Then when Al Davis died, he talked all nicey nicey about him. I don’t trust Lombardi one bit. If you want to be completely unprofessional about your former employer in print and on air, that’s bad enough. But to then reverse it because a man you disrespected publicly died? Ugh. That doesn’t sit right with me AT ALL.

  65. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Feb 26, 2014 12:30 PM

    Birds of a feather..

    He’s in exactly the right place for cheating.

  66. sarcasm says: Feb 26, 2014 1:13 PM

    He’s a Patriot. Of course he’s cheating. Or misterpertuning who owns what paper work.

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