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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BREAKING: Cleveland Browns fire general manager; CEO stepping down

By on 2/11/2014 10:38:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns' front office took a shocking turn of events early this morning by firing their general manager Michael Lombardi and therefore restructuring their entire front office, according to

The Browns promoted assistant general manager Ray Farmer to replace Michael Lombardi as the team's general manager and also announced that Joe Banner will be stepping down from his role as CEO over the next two months.

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Farmer will immediately take the over the team’s football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft. 
"First of all, we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we're fortunate to have in Ray Farmer," Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he's compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland. He embraces his partnership with Mike Pettine, which is critical in helping build the right team. Ray will provide excellent leadership in our front office."

In other Cleveland Browns disaster news, CEO Joe Banner who is most remembered as the president for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-2012, is stepping down. President Alec Scheiner will continue in charge of the organization’s business operations. Owner Jimmy Haslam also made this announcement. 

Haslam had nothing but kind words for Lombardi.
“We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization. He is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he’ll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he’s earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities.  The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”
Coming off a dismal 4-12 record in 2013, the Cleveland Browns' shakeup is most likely going to be welcomed with open arms by fans. 


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