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Michael Lombardi in talks to join New England Patriots

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Rob Chudzinski landed with the Indianapolis Colts; Norv Turner took over the Minnesota Vikings' offense; Ray Horton now will lead the Tennessee Titans' defense.

The newest name that potentially could join the recycled list is freshly fired general manager Michael Lombardi.

While nothing is firm or official, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Lombardi has had discussions with the New England Patriots about joinging their front office, per a person informed of the team's situation.

The link makes sense, given Lombardi's history and relationship with coach Bill Belichick. The duo worked together during a stint with the Browns from 1991-1995.

Rapoport cautioned that there still are issues to work out between the two sides.

If Lombardi does return to the Patriots, it won't be for the money. Rapoport points out that because of Lombardi's contract with the Browns, he likely would receive no extra money to work for New England -- though it would offset what the Browns still need to pay.

Lombardi spent five years as a television analyst with the NFL Network prior to joining the Browns. He was highly criticized by the media as an ill-fit talent evaluator and decision-maker when he returned to Cleveland. Despite the fact that he has the opportunity sit out the year and still be paid, Lombardi could be motivated to join Belichick just to stay in the game.

Lombardi isn't the first man to seek the comfort of a second chance under Belichick. Josh McDaniels has revamped his once-torched reputation in the last few years under the Patriots' leader.

It was reported that Lombardi desperately wanted to bring McDaniels to Cleveland. Instead Lombardi might be granted the chance to work with him in New England.

On the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys huddle with Seahawks trio Michael Robinson, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant before unpacking Cleveland's week of chaos.

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