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07:28 AM ET 02.20 | Welcome back to the NFL, Michael Lombardi. Lombardi traveled with the Pats staffers who arrived [in Indianapolis Wednesday] for the NFL scouting combine. Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and team doctor Tom Gill are all among those who made the trip. It's unclear what Lombardi's role is with the Patriots, but he's likely serving as some type of adviser. ... Rumors of a Belichick-Lombardi reunion surfaced last week after Lombardi was suddenly fired by the Cleveland Browns. The two worked together on the Browns staff in the 1990s. Since Caserio interviewed for the Dolphins general manager position and has become a hotter name on the market in future years, Lombardi could also be groomed as an eventual replacement, if it comes to that.

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February 20, 2014  07:38 AM ET

They always prepare for the next guy up, on the field or off.

February 20, 2014  07:52 AM ET

I'm sure mike got a nice lil' $everance-package [from the brownz] to go with his pats pay....!

February 20, 2014  08:12 AM ET

So the basic upshot of all this is that Lombardi wasn't ready to be a GM when he went to Cleveland.

February 20, 2014  08:17 AM ET
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So the basic upshot of all this is that Lombardi wasn't ready to be a GM when he went to Cleveland.

Yes. And this saves his face.

February 20, 2014  08:39 AM ET
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I'm sure mike got a nice lil' $everance-package [from the brownz] to go with his pats pay....!

Hush money.

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February 20, 2014  09:02 AM ET
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Banner just plain sucks and should not be allowed anywhere near a football field

That means he is ready to take over the Bills. Just in time for the draft...

February 20, 2014  10:00 AM ET
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Eerily similar to Belichik...he floundered in Cleve and became the standard for NFL coaches. The consensus seems to be that Joe Banner was a major reason for the internal problems in Cleveland and for some strange reason had final say over Lombardi.Banner just plain sucks and should not be allowed anywhere near a football field

I think you are on to something. Cleveland is a franchise in trouble and the owner refuses help and is will in take the franchise down the sink with him until the NFL has to buy his franchise at a price greater than what Haslan has degraded it to.

They have gone through Holmgren, Mangini, and now Lombardi to name a few of the staff not to mention the numerous players they have spent high round picks on to only let them go within a couple of years.

February 20, 2014  10:49 AM ET

Just read where the NFL salary cap is going to be bumped up to $130M, an increase of $7M over last year.

February 20, 2014  11:41 AM ET
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Just read where the NFL salary cap is going to be bumped up to $130M, an increase of $7M over last year.

congrats on hitting 20k posts.

February 20, 2014  12:06 PM ET
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Eerily similar to Belichik...he floundered in Cleve and became the standard for NFL coaches. The consensus seems to be that Joe Banner was a major reason for the internal problems in Cleveland and for some strange reason had final say over Lombardi.Banner just plain sucks and should not be allowed anywhere near a football field

For the Browns this was addition by subtraction, especially the Banner part. If I recall correctly, Lombardi and Banner couldn't be bothered to go to the combine last year. Farmer will be there. Yeah, Jimmy made a mistake with these two but at least he had the stones to admit it and do something about it.

February 20, 2014  12:11 PM ET
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Just read where the NFL salary cap is going to be bumped up to $130M, an increase of $7M over last year.

Wow, 20K on comments. Do you have a life? Just kidding. You are a solid poster, your excellency, and I generally agree with your comments.

February 20, 2014  12:13 PM ET
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Wow, 20K on comments. Do you have a life? Just kidding. You are a solid poster, your excellency, and I generally agree with your comments.

it's about longevity and not having a handful of dupe accounts.

February 20, 2014  12:48 PM ET

Belichick is 61, and Kraft probably wants depth in the management from which to pick the next GM when BB packs it in.
I'm not going to be surprised if BB retires when Tom Brady does, two/three years down the road.
The next question is, who's the next HC? Is Josh McDaniel being groomed for the job?

February 20, 2014  01:15 PM ET
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Belichick is 61, and Kraft probably wants depth in the management from which to pick the next GM when BB packs it in.I'm not going to be surprised if BB retires when Tom Brady does, two/three years down the road.The next question is, who's the next HC? Is Josh McDaniel being groomed for the job?

Could be! Very unlikely Kraft will bring in someone he does not know very well.

February 20, 2014  01:59 PM ET
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congrats on hitting 20k posts.

Thank you sir. I have had an opportunity to meet a lot of fine people along the way.

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February 20, 2014  04:03 PM ET
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Either way, the Browns were left with their pants down. Haslam could be going to prison

Prison... not a good place to be caught with your pants down.

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