The Cleveland Browns introduced general manager Ray Farmer and he had his opening press conference in Berea. The media asked some good questions (for a change) and Farmer was clear, direct and open with his answers, but how much people believe is still up in the air, especially in how he got the job.
Among the important things he mentioned were the fact that he and owner Jimmy Haslam are adamant he was not aware that he would be getting the general manager post when he turned down the offer from the Miami Dolphins. Farmer said he only had an inkling this would happen within the last few days, but only found out for sure as of last night. When pressed on why he would turn down the Dolphins job without having knowing he would be the general manger of the Browns, Farmer responded by saying “That job was not right for Ray Farmer.”
Farmer also said that while he was not in person for the coaching interviews, but that he was aware of the entire process and had a role in the decision that led to the hire of Mike Pettine. He has been in meetings with Pettine and there should be no problem making the transition.
Farmer would not comment on any specifics to the franchise tag and Alex Mack or T.J. Ward. He was also not willing to divulge any details in regards to D’Qwell Jackson and his bonus (pay it and move on) or Davone Bess and his personal situations in regards to an upcoming deadline in March. This should not be a surprise to anyone, since he does not have to do it now and just got the job.