Despite just being let go by the Browns, Lombardi is rumored to already be in contract negotiations with the Patriots. Reuniting the experienced front office executive with Bill Belichick, who he worked with his first time around in Cleveland, would be a great fit.
Lombardi is one of the best team-builders in the league right now. Why Cleveland gave him his walking papers is a mystery. My only guess is that his way of long-term building didn’t match with an ownership that wants to make splashes right away. The Browns are in a much better place today than they were a year ago, and that’s mostly because of Lombardi. He gets how a modern NFL team should look, and most of that he got from Belichick.
While Lombardi’s role with the Patriots isn’t clear right now, it’s a good thing whenever you can bring in a bright front office mind. There has been plenty of noise this offseason that the team would be better off bringing in a new GM to let Belichick focus more on the coaching aspects of his job, and Lombardi could be a good step in that direction.
He may not take over completely as the new GM in Foxboro, but with his experience and him having Belichick’s trust, he can take over some of the duties that have belonged to the head coach in the past.