The Browns have granted the Miami Dolphins permission to interview Ray Farmer for their general manager job, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the teams involved had yet to comment.
Farmer, 39, spent this past season as the Browns’ assistant general manager. Last year, he interviewed for the team’s GM position, but owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner instead chose Mike Lombardi and hired him Jan. 18. They hired Farmer to serve as Lombardi’s right-hand man March 5.
NationalFootballPost.com first reported this afternoon that the Dolphins asked and received permission to interview Farmer, citing a telephone interview with Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten, a former offensive lineman for the Browns. The alliance advocates the hiring and promotion of minority candidates in the NFL through public education and communication with team and league ownership and management.
The Dolphins severed ties with General Manager Jeff Ireland on Tuesday. Other candidates reportedly in the running to replace him are Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and New York Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross.
If Farmer lands another job, it would be a significant blow to the Browns’ personnel department.
In a September interview with the Beacon Journal, Banner praised Farmer and called him, “one of the up-and-coming stars in the NFL.”
At the NFL owners meeting in March, Haslam said, “I’ll be surprised if Ray’s not a GM in the next few years, which will be good and bad news for us.”
Before joining the Browns, Farmer spent seven seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs’ director of pro personnel. He also worked as a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons for four years.
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Farmer in the fourth round of the 1996 draft. He played three seasons in the league before a knee injury ended his career.