The Cleveland Browns have reportedly kicked off their explosive offseason. Before the game today versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, General Manager Ray Farmer was “relieved of his duties.” The timing is curious that it occurred before the game on Sunday because Farmer was seen by TV cameras sitting and watching the Browns yield to an adoring Steelers fan base in the stadium. Alas, it appears that the man who was found guilty of texting has done so for the last time on behalf of the Cleveland Browns.
#Browns source: GM Ray Farmer met with ownership before the game & was relieved of his duties. It's over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2016
Can confirm #Browns GM Ray Farmer has been fired
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 3, 2016
Ray Farmer has had a tumultuous career as the Browns general manager. Even with the suspension for texting to the sidelines on his resume, Farmer’s worst credit is his drafting in the first round. Under his tenure, the Browns have used their four first round picks on cornerback Justin Gilbert, quarterback Johnny Manziel, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving. 2014’s picks seem to be the more egregious, especially after the lack of performance by Gilbert and Manziel over the last two seasons. There must not have been a strong argument for Farmer to keep his job according to Jimmy Haslam.
But, this only starts the offseason of change. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine will meet with Jimmy Haslam at 7 p.m. to learn that he will also be let go. It seems like it is going to be another crazy and wild offseason for the Cleveland Browns.
Browns HC Mike Pettine scheduled to meet with owner Jimmy Haslam at 7 pm ET, when he is expected to be relieved of his duties, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2016
So what’s next for the Cleveland Browns in terms of leadership? Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland indicates that it will be Alec Scheiner and former Jaguars legal mind Sashi Brown who joined the Cleveland Browns a couple years ago.
Grossi: Alec Scheiner and Sashi Brown have emerged as the leaders of the Browns front office moving forward.
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) January 3, 2016
Stay tuned for more…