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Browns' Ray Farmer emerges as leading candidate for Dolphins' GM job, according to Miami Herald

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 10, 2014

http://www.ohio.com/polopoly_fs/1.458233.1389316434!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_270/marla10cut.jpgBrowns assistant general manager Ray Farmer is the leading candidate to become the Miami Dolphins’ new GM, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported today, citing multiple unnamed sources.

The Dolphins will interview Farmer, 39, and several others after firing GM Jeff Ireland on Tuesday.

According to the report, Farmer has emerged as the front-runner not only because of his strong background, but also because former Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson is Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ chief advisor for the search. Peterson became a huge fan of Farmer when they worked together in Kansas City for a few years.

Farmer spent seven seasons (2006-12) as the Chiefs’ director of pro personnel and worked as a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons during the previous four years (2002-05). Last year, he interviewed for the Browns’ GM position, but owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner instead chose Mike Lombardi and hired him Jan. 18. Then they backtracked and hired Farmer to serve as Lombardi’s right-hand man March 5.

The Browns have raved about Farmer ever since.

In a September interview with the Beacon Journal, Banner called Farmer “one of the up-and-coming stars in the NFL.” And during 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.”

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