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Ray Farmer emerges as leader for Browns G.M. job


Steve Sanders

As the Browns search for a General Manager, there’s finally a favorite for the job.

And some in the Cleveland media will be happy to know that it’s not Mike Lombardi.

Per a league source, Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer is believed to have the inside track to succeed Tom Heckert. Zac Jackson of reported Saturday that Farmer interviewed on Thursday. Others report that the interview happened today. (Hey, if “others” can refer to us as “others,” we’ll refer to them as “others,” too.)

This could mean that Farmer had a second interview today. (Or that “others” are four days late.)

The two primary names connected to the job are Farmer and Lombardi. The fairly intense resistance articulated by some in the local media when Lombardi’s name first surfaced could make it harder for the Browns to sell a Lombardi hire.

As far as we can tell, neither Lombardi or Farmer have emerged in other G.M. searches, including the scorched-earth effort by the Jets to find a replacement for Mike Tannenbaum.