BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland fired its coach after one season. Now theyre sweeping out their front office.
Owner Jimmy Haslam announced CEO Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team.
Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this years draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35, Haslam said at a news conference.
Its yet another stunning development for a franchise that has undergone nearly constant change in the past 15 years.
Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take the over the teams football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and draft. Cleveland has two first-round picks in Mays draft and is well under the salary cap to spend on free agents.
Haslam added that president Alec Scheiner will keep his current role.
Alec Scheiner will run our business side and remain as president, Mike Pettine will be our head coach and Ray Farmer will be our GM, Haslam said. We will not have a CEO, and those three people will report directly to me.
The shake-up comes one month after the Browns finally hired coach Mike Pettine.
Banner and Haslam had fired coach Rob Chudzinski after a 4-12 season, the teams sixth straight with at least 11 losses.
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