NFL News: Cleveland Browns Hire Michael Lombardi as VP – Player Personnel

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Twitter, the Cleveland Browns have hired NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi as VP of Player Personnel. Initially Schefter reported that Lombardi was hired as GM of the Browns, but shortly updated his report to say Lombardi’s title will be VP – Player Personnel.

The Cleveland Browns have since confirmed the hire and have announced an 11:30 am press conference where Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner will officially announce Lombardi’s addition to the front office.

This will be Lombardi’s 2nd stint with the Browns, as he previously worked as a scout from 1987 to 1989, before taking over as Pro Personnel Director until 1993. His most recent tenure was with the Oakland Raiders where he spent 8 years in the personnel department from 1999 to 2007. He has since been working as an analyst for NFL Network.

[Related: NFL Rumors: Arizona’s Ray Horton Potentially Landing In Cleveland]

  • nj0


  • nj0

    that actually seems very rational to me

  • nj0

    If you didn’t piss the Browns off they would treat you better.

  • Roosevelt

    Well, what does it tell you when everything is so negative with every move that the new regime has made? Look at the past regimes’ big hires – the reaction was pretty much always disappointment tempered by people saying “give the move a chance”. And every single time, the disappointment was correct. In this instance, the criticism is almost universal for every move aside from Norv Turner. That doesn’t bode well.

  • mgbode

    i hate using “bode” as a negative 🙂

    outside of that, I think the opinions are pretty well split on Chudzinksi

  • Roosevelt

    Yeah, I couldn’t figure out a way to fit Chudzinski into my post, and anyway it’s complicated because while the hire itself is possibly a substantively good decision, the way it came about was typical Browns.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    See not even 24 hours later and another Browns story! Browns Backers Pancake meeting scheduled for tonight at 8 pm on the I-480 Valley View biridge. B there or b flat!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s noon somewhere!

  • JK

    Well. He’s not Bill Simmons, & I know he’s not, yet I still hate him. I stand by my irrationalness.

  • humboldt

    We babies all await with bated breath your stirring defense of Lombardi’s tenure with the Browns.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Awwww man! They Brownsed us right in the Browns!

    /Browns = replacement for all things negative

  • Jaker

    “Yeah boy, what don’t you walk into that Dawg Pound so I can humiliate ya some more” that’s the feeling I get, and it took you how long to realize this…

  • paulbip

    I would say that this move is going to destroy the Browns, but what’s there to destroy? It looks like Banner is a wacko.

  • Deputy Glitters

    Hey, whats going on with the Frowns site?

  • frownie is on hiatus; work related. i threw up an interim site to provide a home for cheddar bay and dabbling in throwing out some content. trying to keep the seat warm; fully expect pete to get back in the saddle. but have no idea when.

  • Wow

    I’m still trying to figure out how the local media is late with reporting on all these hires.

  • Jaker

    No relation, I looked it up on Wikipedia, so you know it’s true