Eagles reportedly to hire ex-Brown Lombardi

February 01, 1997|By PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

PHILADELPHIA -- NFL sources say the Philadelphia Eagles are about to sign former Cleveland Browns executive Mike Lombardi to an unusual three-month contract.

Lombardi has been friendly with coach Ray Rhodes since 1984, when both worked for the San Francisco 49ers. In 1987, he became the Browns' personnel director, a job he held until the team moved to Baltimore last year and became the Ravens.

Lombardi will help the Eagles evaluate players for the NFL draft and the free-agency period that begins this month, sources say.

One source said it is possible that Dick Daniels, the Eagles' director of football operations, will leave after the draft. Lombardi, already in the organization, would be in position to replace him.

Lombardi would not confirm that the Eagles will hire him. After sitting out 1996, he is still owed one more year of salary by Ravens owner Art Modell.

In his nine years with the Browns, Lombardi had the responsibilities of a general manager. He scouted college and pro players, oversaw the draft, and handled many contract negotiations.

Pub Date: 2/01/97

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