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Michael Lombardi expected to join Patriots

MICHAEL  LOMBARDI
MICHAEL LOMBARDI

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The Patriots are set to bring longtime personnel executive Michael Lombardi into the fold, with a league source saying on Thursday that it’s “essentially a done deal” Lombardi will be joining New England’s personnel department.

It is not known what Lombardi’s title will be.

Lombardi, who was replaced by the Cleveland Browns as general manager this week after just a year on the job, is a longtime confidant of Bill Belichick, and hiring him now formalizes the relationship the two had for years before Lombardi went to the Browns.

The relationship goes back to the mid-1990s, when Belichick was coach of the Browns and Lombardi served as director of player personnel.

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