On Dec. 9, after speaking to two influential NFL sources, I wrote that NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi was a serious candidate to be the next general manager of the Browns should owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner decide to part ways with current GM Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur.
And if Lombardi was hired, Alabama coach Nick Saban would be the top target followed by Oregon coach Chip Kelly and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
With the hiring of Alec Scheiner as Browns president on Tuesday, it looks like we’re a step closer to everything becoming reality.
One more log to throw on the fire: those two initial sources said that if Lombardi and McDaniels indeed team up in Cleveland, the chances are good that they will attempt to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and install him as the franchise quarterback. Brandon Weeden would be out, or in a backup role.
Banner will oversee football operations and, we’ve been told by sources, will name Lombardi – the ex-49ers scout, ex-Browns scout-turned-personnel director, ex-Eagles consultant, ex-Raiders personnel executive and current NFL Network analyst in his fifth year out of the NFL -- to a glorified player personnel director position.
If a Belichick close friend and disciple both want to trade for your 24-year old backup quarterback to you 35-year old quarterback, you probably shouldn't do it, right? They aren't trading their Top 10 pick for him (right, right?) and they used their 2nd rounder during the supplemental draft...