— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 9, 2014
The Cleveland Browns have given permission to the Miami Dolphins to interview their assistant general manager Ray Farmer for the recently vacated general manager spot on their team. The Dolphins had come to a “mutual agreement” to part ways with their previous general manager, Jeff Ireland, in the last few days.
Farmer came over to the Browns from the Kansas City Chiefs last season and was brought in along with Mike Lombardi. It is unclear what his interest level is with the Dolphins, but clearly he has higher aspirations than being an assistant general manager. Farmer is highly regarded for his ability to evaluate talent, so it would be unfortunate if the Browns were to lose him. Nevertheless, it is a complement to have other organizations interested in positions on the Browns’ staff.
If Farmer were to leave, it will be interesting to see if the Browns want to bring in another person to replace Farmer, hire from within or just not have one.