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Pats hire Michael Lombardi; Belichick speaking at NFL combine

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wednesday at the 2014 NFL combine turned into a big day for the Patriots. Not only did the Patriots announce the hiring of Michael Lombardi but Bill Belichick will speak at the combine.

The Lombardi hiring is the big news of course, with the former Browns GM getting surprisingly ousted from Cleveland along with President Joe Banner just about a week ago. He joins the Patriots as an "Assistant to the Coaching Staff."

Which might sound odd for a GM, but that probably means Lombardi gets to double dip with his Cleveland paycheck while with New England and the Patriots get him at a low, low cost.

Belichick, presumably, will address the addition of Lombardi when he speaks to the media at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The addition of the Pats coach to the list of speakers should draw a big crowd: Belichick hasn't spoken at the combine since 2009 and even then he busted out a 13-minute intro that essentially derailed all the questions folks could ask him.

Belichick pressers are one of my favorite things about the NFL season. Hopefully his combine appearance will not disappoint.

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