In response to FrnkBnhm's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
Dude, it's one article. Maybe hemmoraging was a tad off in terms of word choice, but there are a lot of teams struggling which is what I warned about into the lockout.
Jax, Buffalo, Minny, SD Chargers, Raiders...Really, it's a lot of teams who need new stadiums OR teams who are in good markets but have stunk for a while or duped their fans (Browns or Jets).
Lerner sold when the gettin' was good but there is no way on earth he can be happy with the ROI since 1999 with that new stadium in a hot market considering what was paid for it.
Anyway, this is a side discussion, but considering how many QBs the've blown through with Lombardi on record calling the Weeden choice by Holmgren a "panicked disaster" last year, I highly doubt Lombardi has changed his mind.
The quickest way to sell tickets, generate revenue and have it happened season to season as you build that revenue is to legitimately hit on a QB.
Not Mark Sanchez stuff, but a legit QB.
I agree that it is a side discussion. I personally do not believe any NFL team is "struggling" in reality. There are teams making more or less money than others. Some of the ones making less, want more so they created a division amongst the owners.
Back to Mallett. I actually think getting anything more than what the Patriots spent on him (a third rounder) would be a good move. Especially, in a year that the Pats have limited draft picks.
From Cleveland's perspective, I think it is a terrible move. Go find your own "diamond in the rough" and pick him in the third round and hold on to the 6th overall pick when you are trying to build a team from the ground up. Maybe Lombardi really is that in love with Mallett.
Ultimately, I do not even understand why people think Lombardi is a good personnel guy. The only positive thing on his resume seems to be a friendship with BB and some time on TV. So that said, I want the Patriots to get as much as they can for Mallett. I do not care if it is a good deal for Cleveland and I do not care about BB's relationship with Lombardi. Unless, BB really plans on sticking around and replacing Brady with Mallett in the next 2-3 years, I say get as much for him as possible.
Lombardi never really had full control where he was before, but his appeal is that he is from BB;s tree. As was Pioli and Dimitrioff.
When I say owners struggling I mean struggling from their perspective as compared to those who aren't.
They all make money, but let's be honest, when you have a multi billion dollar enterprise like the NFL and you're down near the bottom like Jax is, or STL because of a bad stadium deal, you will do what you need to grow your business.
The thing is that Lombardi is not from Belichick's tree at all. He was a scout for the Bill Walsh 49ers and actually predated BB in Cleveland. Dimitroff had been working the NFL for ten years (never with BB) before coming to the Patriots. Pioli was not exactly a success running the Chiefs (a job he started by trading for the Pats back-up QB).