Report: Lombardi’s split from Patriots may not have been mutual

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When word first emerged that former Brown G.M. Mike Lombardi no longer is working for the Patriots, it was suggested that the split was mutual. A new report suggests that it may not have been as mutual as initially believed.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe writes that an unnamed league source characterized the move as Lombardi wanting to stay but the Patriots choosing not to renew his contract.

Volin suggests that the Patriots’ decision to move on coincided with the conclusion of Lombardi’s Cleveland contract. The Patriots, in theory, could have paid Lombardi a relatively small amount, with the Browns on the hook for the difference between the amount received from the Patriots and the amount that Lombardi was due to receive from the Browns.

Also, Volin writes that it’s believed Lombardi had only one ally in the building — coach Bill Belichick — and Volin contends that Lombardi’s contributions over the last two years were “a bit overstated.”

Lombardi worked in the media before joining the Browns and then the Patriots. He’s believed to be looking for work in the media again.

33 responses to “Report: Lombardi’s split from Patriots may not have been mutual

  1. He was poison for the Browns both times he was in Cleveland. He was such a liability and ego maniac that the browns refused to allow him to speak to the media.

    I am sure he was not a very well liked person in foxboro either.

  2. Volin is a clown. He consistently overstates everything and now he contends that Lombardi’s contributions over the last two years were “a bit overstated”?

    Go figure.

  3. Please tell me this guy has finally failed his way out of the NFL. Worst personnel guy in NFL history.

  4. Its almost never a mutual split in Professional sports. Someones always forcing someone out the door, which is fine, but they got to stop the charade no one is buying it.
    @doubleheaderjay

  5. Also, Volin writes that it’s believed Lombardi had only one ally in the building — coach Bill Belichick
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    Isn’t that pretty much the only ally you NEED??

  6. “Also, Volin writes that it’s believed Lombardi had only one ally in the building — coach Bill Belichick”

    Lombardi had a second ally in the building – general manager Bill Belichick.

    Under normal circumstances, especially with the Pats, this should have been enough.

    Somebody made a power play. That person has a pair of huge brass ones.

  7. Apparently capitalizing and riding the coattails of the great Vince and on the Lombardi legacy….there’s a dozen Gracies doing the same thing in Martial Arts.

  8. Sounds like Kraft liked getting him on the cheap with the Browns footing most of the bill. But then he had to pay. Wait don’t they only do that under the table there.

  9. Here’s an Al Davis tidbit on Mike Lombardi……

    Lombardi eventually went to the Raiders and had a good run, helping build the team that lost to the Patriots in the 2001 Snow Bowl and to the Bucs in the 2002 Super Bowl. But by 2007, things had gone sideways in Oakland and Lombardi was fired in May. That dismissal came soon after Randy Moss was traded to the Patriots, a move Raiders owner Al Davis said was a favor by Lombardi to Belichick.

    Davis, in a side session with reporters after a memorable, September press conference during which he used an overhead projector to back up his reasons for firing head coach Lane Kiffin, circled back to Moss.

    “You know how many teams turned [Moss] down? That guy in Green Bay [Ted Thompson] thought he couldn’t run any more. Even Denver, where they’ll take anybody, turned him down.

    “But what’s his name knew he could run, he’s a friend of Belichick’s. Mike Lombardi,” said Davis. “Mike sold what’s his name, Belichick, on the idea that he could run. They tampered with him. I remember Bob Kraft saying that he had to look him in the eye and all that. They went down and worked him out, he could run. He’s their team, of course, with the quarterback.”

    Asked why Lombardi was taking shots at Davis after Lombardi’s dismissal, Davis said, “He was with me eight years. Mike Lombardi has been fired from every job he’s had. Every job. He can’t get a job. Last year he was fired from a job he was working for for nothing. He was fired from Denver. But he does have ability. He does have some ability. But he was bad to [Raiders coach Art] Shell. Not necessary. You can’t get that in an organization, somebody in the organization bad-mouthing the coach. … But it’s tough, you know. It just wasn’t right. Shell was… been here all his life. I just… would stick up for him, so both of them had to go.

  10. I can’t believe Mike Lombardi wore out his welcome somewhere. Who could have seen that coming? Anyone who thinks the coach felt threatened by him must be living in a fantasy world. Lombardi is and always has been abrasive and arrogant and Bill used his knowledge while it was free.

  11. Who wins this one?

    Everyone except Belichick> We want X to go.

    Belichick> I want X to stay.

  12. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar. It could easily be as simple as not seeing the value in paying Lombardi GM money to be The Hoodie’s shadow/gopher or seeing a tangible value in it.

  13. Make no mistake. If Belichick wants someone to stay, he stays. Kraft would not overrule a decision like this, or any other, for that matter. He trusts Belichick’s decision-making completely.

    “A league source”? Sure, like the league source that lied about everything relative to Brady?

  14. Volin contends that Lombardi’s contributions over the last two years were “a bit overstated.”

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    Shocking. This guy is a dope and an opportunist. I’ll never forget on a radio hit before the 2011 draft him talking about how Cam Newton wouldn’t even be on his board among other gems, lol. Guy’s always been dopey. Before hiring Hue Jackson, firing him was the only smart thing Jimmy Haslem has done as the Browns owner.

  15. The ignorance is bliss, the Patriots cut him. He didn’t leave because of all reasons in the suggested in the troll comments where people didn’t even read the article.

  16. lwstarr says:
    Jun 28, 2016 9:15 AM
    Make no mistake. If Belichick wants someone to stay, he stays. Kraft would not overrule a decision like this, or any other, for that matter. He trusts Belichick’s decision-making completely.

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    That’s Kraft’s management style. He hires the best possible person to take charge of something, in this case Belichick to run his football team. He then gets out of that way and let’s the guy he hired do the job he is paying him for which includes letting that person all the decisions, and holding that person 100% accountable for the results. If Belichicks decisions ever stop producing a winning team Kraft will replace him. Until then Kraft leaves things be and instead focuses his own attention on the larger picture of his business empire, which the Patriots are only a single part of. On a related note Kraft runs a very successful business empire.

  17. 16 7
    hugeheavywoman says:
    Jun 27, 2016 11:00 PM
    Lomardi is a smart dude. He was a threat toI Bulk and Tammy. They cannef him. Patriots way.

    ================================

    Drugs are bad. Mkay!

  18. If Ben Volin writes it, it’s a lie. Volin hates the Patriots as much as the trolls do. No one will talk to him in the Patriots organization. Smh

  19. According to his best friend in the world Jim Nantz, who laid into Browns fans for their displeasure about the second act of the Lombardi era in Cleveland, Lombardi is great, and everyone else doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

    Looks like New England near unanimously made the same mistake, soRey Pats fans, you’re doomed.

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