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Browns fire Ray Farmer

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions during an NFL football news conference Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Berea, Ohio. There’s a natural connection between Marcus Mariota and the Browns, but Farmer says he doesn’t understand why he’s continually attached to Oregon’s quarterback. Mariota is expected to be selected high in next week’s NFL draft, and because the Browns have two first-round picks, there’s been widespread speculation that Farmer may move up to take him. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been fired.

Farmer was fired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam before today’s game, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

That news comes as no surprise. Farmer has failed to turn around the wayward franchise, and it doesn’t help that he was involved in an embarrassing incident in which he was suspended by the NFL for texting coaches during games.

Up next, it’s widely expected, is the firing of head coach Mike Pettine.

And then the Browns will have to find a new G.M. and a new coach, perhaps one who can finally change the fortunes of what has become the NFL’s worst franchise.