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Browns Fire Michael Lombardi and Joe Banner; Promote Ray Farmer


Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns general manager Mike Lombardi during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns are arguably the most unstable organization in all of professional sports. They’ve just hired their eight head coach since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999 after Mike Pettine accepted the job after multiple candidates turned down offers to interview for the job.

Now, they’ve fired general manger Michael Lombardi after just one year on the job and promoted Ray Farmer into his position.

Here’s the official release from the team’s website:

"The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday promoted Ray Farmer to General Manager and announced that Joe Banner will be stepping down in the next two months as he transitions out of his role as CEO.Farmer will immediately take the over the team’s football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.Additionally, the team announced that General Manager Michael Lombardi is departing the organization. President Alec Scheiner will continue in charge of the organization’s business operations. Owner Jimmy Haslam made the announcement."

This came as a shocking move to everyone, including Banner and Lombardi:

Cleveland is becoming an embarrassment to the NFL, and no one is even mentioning the ongoing federal investigation the team’s owner, Jimmy Haslam, is undergoing.

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