The Cleveland Browns announced that assistant general manager Ray Farmer will stay with the team in his current role. Farmer had interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and was regarded as an early favorite for the position not only because he is a qualified candidate but he had a connection with the man heading the search, Carl Peterson.
Farmer and Peterson knew each other when they both worked for the Kansas City Chiefs with Peterson as the general manager. The Browns got Farmer from the Chiefs last year and while the team said it was flattered that the Dolphins were looking at someone in their organization, they are happy to have Farmer back.
This is good news for the Browns as Farmer is highly regarded when it comes to talent evaluation and with the number of draft picks the Browns have as well as a huge need at quarterback, they can use all of the help they can get to make sure they get this decision correct. Along with Mike Lombardi and input from the new coaching staff headed by Mike Pettine and some from Joe Banner, the 2014 NFL Draft is critical this group to succeed in Cleveland.