It’s been reported that Ray Farmer, current assistant general manager for the Cleveland Browns, is the front-runner to land the Miami Dolphins general manager position.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:
“When the Dolphins finally finish their first round of interviews for their vacant general manager job — and there are still multiple interviews to go — the club expects to pare down to two finalists and meet with both again for another round of interviews.
Expect Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer to be one of those finalists, barring a major surprise.
It seems Farmer, who interviewed on Saturday, has so far been ‘the most impressive’ of the interviews the team has conducted, according to sources familiar with the process.”
That’s not the greatest of news for the Browns. They had no choice but to grant the interview because the move was upward in title. As director of pro personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-2012, Farmer was involved in acquiring a lot of the talent you see on that roster today. While it’s uncertain which moves in particular were made by Farmer within the organization, it stands to reason that he was a large part of the process due to the fact that he was retained by former GM Scott Pioli when Pioli was brought on board.
Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal had this to say about letting go of Farmer:
“The Browns are poised to make a mind-boggling gaffe even before they hire their next coach. They’re prepared to lose Assistant General Manager Ray Farmer and keep General Manager Mike Lombardi. I’m flabbergasted by that possibility because it should be the other way around.”
We’ve detailed some of the questionable moves this front office made in our Davone Bess piece. The only transactions that carry weight are the signing of free agent QB Brian Hoyer and trading Trent Richardson for a first round pick, both of which are still open for debate; Hoyer in how he performs after the ACL injury and in more than a two-game sample, the T-Rich trade depending on how the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft pans out.
Losing Farmer seems like a foregone conclusion at some point if management stays put. And when that happens, the Browns will still need to find another personnel executive to help Mike Lombardi with scouting. You can’t just get all your information from ESPN and ProFootballTalk. So here’s hoping we didn’t just let another Ozzie Newsome slip through our fingers.