August 17, 2014

NFL Report: Lombardi already scouting free agents for Browns

While Browns fans remain fixated on the team’s coaching search (which will occur before a GM search), Adam Caplan dropped a bit of a bombshell on Twitter this afternoon.

Caplan’s tweet said that Mike Lombardi, already in the Cleveland-related rumor mill, reportedly has already been working on the free agent scene for the Browns. Caplan was quickly bombarded with replies, to which he said it’s not illegal, that Lombardi is just getting ready for the possible job and he’s not certain of possible free agent targets.

Specifically as well, one follower mentioned how he/she preferred hot candidate Tom Gamble, currently the personnel director for the San Francisco 49ers. But, as many have speculated, Caplan replied that the Browns opening isn’t really a true GM position. With Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner already leading the charge, it’s likely the team is just looking for a salary cap expert.

[Related: NFL News: Browns ask permission to interview 49ers Tom Gamble]

Joe Banner Will Join Browns As Top Executive In October, According To Report

Just minutes before the Browns kick off the season against the Eagles, reports have surfaced that former Philly football executive Joe Banner will be joining the Browns in late October. Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Banner would come on board as soon as new owner Jimmy Haslam takes full ownership of the Browns.

Banner has long been rumored as a potential exec for the new Browns regime. La Canfora also reported that he had been advising Haslam since before the first meeting with Randy Lerner. He is heralded as a key component of Eagles turnaround and their ascendance to consistent contention. He’ll join back up with GM Tom Heckert, who he worked with in Philly. This adds fuel to the fire that President Mike Holmgren is on his way out.

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