Rumors are starting to leak out of Browns Headquarters that General Manager Mike Lombardi may be on his way out, at least from his current position as GM.
It’s relatively easy to connect the dots on this one. The circumstantial evidence is right there. Lombardi has been noticeably missing from recent Browns activities, including the head coaching interviews and the recent pressers, including the firing of press conference for Rob Chudzinski, and the introduction press conference for new Head Coach Mike Pettine. Outside of that, Owner Jimmy Haslam has been fairly silent on why Lombardi has been absent. Tie that together with the fairly odd decision by Browns Assistant GM Ray Farmer to turn down the Miami Dolphins General Manager position recently, and the quiet whisperings of a few front office folks start to gain some interesting validity. Why would Ray Farmer, who wants to be a GM, turn down a job that he was the leading candidate for, if he didn’t have a very good reason to stay in Cleveland? Where has Mike Lombardi been?
The scenarios on Lombardi being out are pretty straightforward. Either the Browns cut ties with him entirely, or they may seek to move him from the GM position by a lateral promotion to another part of the organization. The latter seems just as plausible to me, because then they wouldn’t have the taint of another shake up within the organization. Lombardi simply is removed from the area where he can do real damage (personnel), and is able to keep a job within the organization.
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