The newest name that potentially could join the recycled list is freshly fired general manager Michael Lombardi.
Rapoport cautioned that there still are issues to work out between the two sides.
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.
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.