The Cleveland Browns got their man in NFL Network analyst and former league executive Michael Lombardi. According to Adam Schefter, the team has hired Lombardi with the title “Vice President of Player Personnel”, though he is not bringing Nick Saban with him. Lombardi had been rumored to be in the running a month ago, and we knew from his past that Josh McDaniels was one of his leading candidates if he had the opportunity.
The Browns already hired Rob Chudzinski, so Michael Lombardi won’t be making any head coaching hires yet. He is, though, back in the NFL and back in Cleveland, where he worked as Director of Player Personnel for a decade, until the franchise moved to Baltimore. He last worked in the NFL in Oakland, where he served as Senior Personnel Executive until 2007.