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Browns add Lombardi to front office

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BEREA, Ohio (AP)

The Cleveland Browns have hired TV analyst Michael Lombardi as their vice president of player personnel.

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Lombardi has 22 years of pro front office experience, but he has spent the past five seasons working for the NFL Network. He previously worked for the Browns from 1987-95 under then-coach Bill Belichick. Lombardi has also worked for new Browns CEO Joe Banner in Philadelphia and the two have maintained a close relationship. Last week, Banner denied Lombardi was assisting him in the club's coaching search.

Lombardi has also worked in San Francisco and Oakland, where he spent eight seasons (1999-2007).

The Browns have been looking for a general manager or personnel director since Tom Heckert was fired following a 5-11 season. Heckert overhauled Cleveland's roster in three seasons.

Last week, the team hired former Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as its sixth coach since 1999.

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