The Cleveland Browns have interviewed Ray Farmer for their presently open general manager/player personnel position. Interviews reportedly occurred last Thursday and once again on Monday.
The Farmer interview happened Thursday before Banner and Haslam went to Charlotte to seal coaching deal.
— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) January 12, 2013
Browns interviewed Chiefs exec Ray Farmer for their GM position today
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2013
Farmer, the current Director of Pro Personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, is said to be the current leader for the position. Many are piecing together the two interviews — one taking place before the hiring of Rob Chudzinski, the other after his hire — firmly place the 38-year-old graduate of Duke University ahead of others like the perpetually mentioned Mike Lombardi. Minnesota’s George Paton and Seattle’s John Idzik were also in the mix.
Farmer spent seven seasons with the Chiefs. He joined them after a four-year run with the Atlanta Falcons as their pro scout. In 1996, he was a fourth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles where he played linebacker. At Duke, he was a two-time All-ACC standout while also being a member of the Academic All-Conference team.
The Browns fired general manager Tom Heckert on Dec. 31. They have not commented on any interviewees or potential candidates for the presently vacant position.