CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora wrote today about young executives ready to get a shot at GM positions in the league. In that piece, he referred once again to the rumors that Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner are likely to remove Tom Heckert at season’s end and replace him with former Eagles personnel man Mike Lombardi-
“I continue to hear that it is likely the Browns do not retain Tom Heckert in their GM role, with sources saying former Browns, Raiders and Eagles personnel man Mike Lombardi is a top candidate for this job — something I first reported back in September. Lombardi worked for Browns CEO Joe Banner with the Eagles, and Banner respects his talent-evaluation skills. I also hear the new Browns regime has reservations about quarterback Brandon Weeden, who looks like he was highly over-drafted in the first round, and trading up for Trent Richardson in the top five, in an era of so much depth at that position, has raised some questions as well (Richardson has hardly been the most explosive back in this draft class).”
For more on Heckert’s future in Cleveland, be sure to listen to the WFNY Podcast featuring Craig and Scott.