Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that two NFL sources have informed him that NFL network analyst Michael Lombardi is in fact being considered for the Browns general manager job.
Bedard adds that current Browns’ GM Tom Heckert could “force his way out after the season” if team president Joe Banner starts taking control of specific personnel and financial issues.
Bedard mentions that Lombardi’s “past weakness has been the cap,” but also notes that this is one of Banners strengths.
The most interesting part of this report is the fact that Bedard’s sources believe there’s actually a chance that Lombardi could lure Alabama head coach Nick Saban back to the NFL.
Saban has quickly returned to elite status as a head coach since taking the job with Alabama, but it’s not going to be easy to persuade him to leave a great situation where his teams are annual contenders in college.
If the Browns do hire Lombardi and Saban doesn’t follow, Bedard mentions that Oregon coach Chip Kelly and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.