Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer, viewed as a rising star by his bosses, passed up a chance to become general manager of the Dolphins last month because he’s confident the Browns are poised to take off, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“I think Cleveland is primed and I think we’re in a position to redefine the history books,” Farmer told cleveland.com. “I think change is on the horizon and I didn’t want to miss what’s going to happen in Cleveland.”
Farmer, 39, was a finalist for the Dolphins GM job which ultimately went to former Bucs director of player personnel Dennis Hickey. The Dolphins wanted Farmer to interview a second time, and if he did, he likely would’ve gotten the job. The Miami Herald identified Farmer early on as the frontrunner for the job.
“I didn’t finish the process,” said Farmer. “I assume they would’ve given me the job. That’s the way it was articulated to me. If I took the job, I would’ve reported directly to (Dolphins owner) Stephen Ross and it was a tremendous opportunity. It still is a dream of mine to become a general manager and run my own program and put together my own team, but it wasn’t the right time for me.
“I knew what I had here. I know what I think is going to happen here, and I know what we have in place. So to that degree, the known is better than the unknown.”