Quick hits from around the NFL

Quarterback Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns throws

Quarterback Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns throws to a receiver during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns Stadium. (Oct. 28, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

-- Michael Lombardi’s hiring in Cleveland as personnel director could have an impact on second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden, the team’s first-round pick in 2012. Lombardi, a former NFL Network analyst, was a frequent critic of Weeden (pictured above)during his rookie season, once calling Weeden a “panicked disaster.”

-- Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he expects oft-injured running back Darren McFadden, a former first-round pick, to be back next season.

-- Really like what the Chargers have done with the hiring of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. That’s a lot of brain power on offense, which can only be good news for quarterback Philip Rivers.

-- Packers’ eighth-year receiver Greg Jennings figures to be one of the most sought-after players on the free agent market. Green Bay doesn’t plan on re-signing him.

-- The Steelers will be in the market for a running back next year. They’re not expected to retain former first-round pick Rashard Mendenhall.
 

Tags: greg jennings , rashard mendenhall , mike mccoy , ken whisenhunt , michael lombardi , brandon weeden , cleveland browns , san diego chargers , oakland raiders , darren mcfadden

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