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Browns delighted to keep Ray Farmer away from Dolphins


The Browns declared Thursday a double-win, as they found a coach in Mike Pettine, and were able to hold onto a key member of their personnel department as well.

With assistant general manager Ray Farmer pulling out of the Dolphins G.M. search, the Browns took a step toward stability.

“Yes, Ray is staying,” Browns president Joe Banner said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Double good day. We’ve retained an outstanding employee that we were excited when he decided a year ago to come here, and we’re really excited that he decided to stay.

I’ve been calling Ray an up-and-coming star, which probably haunted us and tipped off the rest of the league how good he was, so I’ll be more careful. He’s an up-and-coming star. He’s a high, high character, outstanding employee and a really valuable part of our team.”

Owner Jimmy Haslam said he met with Farmer Thursday morning, and was relieved to hang onto him.

“It’s a compliment to our organization that another organization wants to hire him to kind of go from the No. 2 position to the No. 1 position,” Haslam said. “I’m really excited Ray’s standing. He’s smart, he’s focused, he’ll play a key role in this draft and in free agency.”

While Farmer sticking around Cleveland might say more about the current perceived dysfunction in Miami (and roll that around in your head for a minute), it does benefit the Browns, by not disrupting a scouting system that was already in mid-stream.

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17 Responses to “Browns delighted to keep Ray Farmer away from Dolphins”
  1. clownsfan says: Jan 24, 2014 8:29 AM

    Hopefully Ol’ Jimmy put a bug in Ray’s ear that Lombardi’s oversized seat is on fire.

  2. theghostofberniekosar says: Jan 24, 2014 8:37 AM

    Huge keep for the Browns. Farmer is doing a great job in the FO and will certainly by GM somewhere soon. I can only hope it’ll be in Cleveland.

    Paired with the Pettine hire, it really has been a positive week for the Browns. And we needed it.

  3. joemammy says: Jan 24, 2014 8:42 AM

    Hopefully, it means Lombardi is on his way out.

  4. brownsclown says: Jan 24, 2014 8:50 AM

    Great news!! The tin man, Dumbturdi, keeps his brain!

  5. mackie66 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:09 AM

    Its not perceived dysfunction in Miami,,,its real.

  6. gbrim says: Jan 24, 2014 9:15 AM

    First hint that the Three Stooges are not the people they seem to be. Maybe some good news for the Browns’ fans? They sure deserve it.

  7. happy1114 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:15 AM

    made right call by staying in Cleveland by next year he will have an opportunity to interview for some real franchises…

  8. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 24, 2014 9:19 AM

    I don’t understand why they employ Lombardi if they have to keep another guy on the payroll to do his job for him.

    And does Joe Banner realize what he sounds like when he speaks?

  9. phinatic29 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:44 AM

    As a Dolphin fan I am disappointed they could not make this hire. Mr. Farmer seems like an up and coming talent evaluator that will be a NFL GM some day very soon.

    Really makes me wonder how the Dolphins tried to shoe horn him into the organizational chart.

  10. beachsidejames says: Jan 24, 2014 11:09 AM

    Don’t forget you get to keep Devon Bess and that who’s who at the QB position.

  11. countmahdrof says: Jan 24, 2014 12:17 PM

    Perceived dysfunction is correct. Sorry, but 8-8 is not as dysfunctional as the 13 other NFL teams that had worse records than Miami. But, in media circles, perception counts more than reality, and there are ample lemmings who will buy into this, as evidenced by comments on this page.

  12. countmahdrof says: Jan 24, 2014 12:21 PM

    LMAO at folks who think Farmer is doing a great job in Cleveland. What makes the job he’s done great? Who thinks 4-12 is great? Sycophantic sportswriters and the brainless lemmings who believe their nonsense.

  13. dtl0813 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:05 PM

    I say Browns are 0 for 2.

  14. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jan 24, 2014 7:13 PM

    Lol agreed. Hes so valuable really? Banner is a putz. Stupid is as stupid does for these clueless idiots in the Browns front office. What the hell did Farmer scout last year? Their draft was horrible

  15. campcouch says: Jan 24, 2014 11:00 PM

    Are the folks who post on here actual Browns backers/fans or just followers? Or fans of other teams that are trolling. Just curious about the hate.

    “Bernie Kosar owes me Taco Bell!”

  16. jrcoop says: Jan 24, 2014 11:56 PM

    Aponte>Farmer. You could have been the man in Miami. Give the man his props, take it easy, and collect your check.

  17. danmarinos1stlovechild says: Jan 25, 2014 3:58 AM

    I wanted Famer and Xanders in some combination. But hey, atleast Miami still has Lebron!!!

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