The Cleveland Browns have have fired general manager Ray Farmer after a tumultuous 2 years with the team, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. One of the biggest reasons for his firing will be the fact that the Browns have had four 1st round draft picks in the past two seasons, and at this point none of them have had the impact that was expected.
Furthermore, there has always been a hint that owner Jimmy Haslam and head coach Mike Pettine wanted different things. For example, in the 2014 Draft, Justin Gilbert was Mike Pettine’s choice and Johnny Manziel was Jimmy Haslam’s. Among the other failures of Farmer’s tenure was the texting scandal at the beginning of last season. He was found to have been texting opposition personal and positions down to the Browns sideline from the press box. As a result, the Browns were fined $250,000 and he was suspended for being involved with the team for the first 4 games of this season. Lastly, having signed with the Browns at the beginning of that season, Kyle Shanahan left the Browns for the Atlanta Falcons, and though Cleveland along with Farmer deny that this was a contributing factor for Kyle Shanahan’s departure, it certainly could’ve played into it.
To have four 1st round draft picks in consecutive years and have enough cap room to sign some bigger free agents, only to show no signs of improvement and have the franchise surrounded by uncertainty once again going into draft season, it should come as no surprise that the Browns have pulled the trigger on firing Farmer. For Farmer though, another team in need of a GM may take interest in him and put the Browns’ struggles down to the fact that they have struggled no matter who is at the helm, and that maybe the problems lay deeper within the organisation.