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Mike Lombardi Likely Heading to New England

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It's happening! This is his only picture available.

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In a move that will shock some, but one that makes a lot of sense, reports are coming out that former Cleveland Browns GM Mike Lombardi will be coming to the Patriots.

This notion was first reported by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com and corroborated by Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com.

Lombardi was hired by Cleveland after a hiatus from the front office, but was fired after one season. He wants to remain active in football and his prior work with Bill Belichick in Cleveland links the two together. We've already looked at the prospects of Lombardi signing with the Patriots.

Loyko says that Lombardi will be taking a Personnel Executive position, and will likely be of great use heading into the draft. This move reeks of "back-up plan" as Nick Caserio might move on to run his own franchise in the near future. It can be considered similar to the Patriots signing back former coach Brian Daboll as insurance if Josh McDaniels received a head coaching position.

We'll see what happens as more news and reports come out. But as Loyko says: