Michael Lombardi has essentially been the Browns’ general manager for nearly seven weeks, just not in his job title (he was originally named as the vice president of player personnel). Now, Lombardi is officially the general manager, as the team has hired Ray Farmer to be its assistant general manager.
Farmer spent the last seven seasons with the Chiefs as their director of pro personnel and was a pro scout with the Falcons from 2002-05.
Perhaps most importantly, as Arrowhead Pride has pointed out, is the fact that Farmer survived a number of front office changes in Kansas City.
Farmer will always stick out to me because he survived multiple regimes in KC. He was hired under the Carl Peterson regime in 2006 and stayed through the Pioli regime when seemingly everyone else was getting the boot. That doesn’t happen often and it shows what a strong personnel man he is.
It never hurts to have another personnel man enter the fray, especially one as accomplished as Farmer. This should help calm some of the fears about Lombardi running the show in Cleveland.