There are couple of roadblocks to a potential trade, however. While ESPNBoston.com suggests the Patriots would move Mallett for a second-round pick "in a heartbeat," the Browns forfeited that selection by taking Josh Gordon in last summer's supplemental draft.
The relationship between Lombardi and New England head coach Bill Belichick goes back more than two decades to their time together in Cleveland. The two are close enough that Lombardi was reportedly putting together game plans for Belichick last season.
That raises one obvious question: If Belichick isn't high enough on Mallett to envision him as Tom Brady's heir apparent, wouldn't Lombardi be privy to that opinion?@ChrisWesseling.