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Banner Out; Lombardi Gone – Farmer New GM In Front Office Shake-Up


As BrownsGab talked about a WEEK AGO, today the Browns announced a major restructuring to the front office, making Ray Farmer the new General Manager.

As for Joe Banner, he’s out as CEO, and GM Mike Lombardi is gone as well.

President Alec Scheiner will continue in charge of the organization’s business operations.

“First of all, we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we’re fortunate to have in Ray Farmer,” owner Jimmy Haslam stated 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.

“We appreciate Joe’s contributions to the Cleveland Browns, especially in helping us as new owners. He was committed to creating a successful organization and bringing in talented individuals. We thank him for his work and dedication. We wish him and his family the best.

“Alec will continue in his role as President of this team. I think he’s one of the most intelligent and innovative young executives in the NFL.

As for Lombardi, it sounds like he was shown the door in an effort to circumvent him not wasting another draft, and not making the same mistakes for a second straight season.

“We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization,” Haslam said.

“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.”

In other words, Banner and Lombardi didn’t get the job done, and instead of losing Farmer, Haslam wanted to give him a shot to run the show – for at least the time being.

Joe Banner put out a statement as well, giving his goodbye to the Browns after yet another season of failure which saw the team go 4-12.

“It is bittersweet leaving the Browns organization,” Banner said in a statement.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Jimmy Haslam and helping him set the infrastructure for this franchise. I am proud of the talented individuals we brought in to help lead this team and feel that the Cleveland Browns are in good hands moving forward.”

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