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Jan 11, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner during a press conference at the team

Browns Joe Banner stepping down as CEO, Mike Lombardi out, Ray Farmer named GM

The Cleveland Browns have announced that CEO Joe Banner is stepping down, general manager Mike Lombardi is leaving the team, and assistant general manager Ray Farmer will take his place.  The team is holding a press conference at 11am to explain.  There had been rumors going back about a week or so that Lombardi would be fired, but there had been no indication as to what or why that would happen at this stage in the process.

The Browns hired Mike Pettine as the head coach and he has hired his staff, so the team is preparing for free agency and the NFL Draft.  Owner Jimmy Haslam had made a number of statements when Rob Chudzinski was fired about the team being held to a high standard, demanding excellence, but said this was the group that would lead them to a better place.

Farmer had interviewed and ultimately turned down the job as the Miami Dolphins general manager job, but had said he was not angling for Lombardi’s job in an interview only a week ago.  This situation raises more questions than it does answers and the press conference will be interesting to watch.

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