Tue. 10:40 a.m.: Browns fire Lombardi, Banner
Tuesday morning, the Cleveland Browns announced that CEO Joe Banner is stepping down and general manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team.
The sudden front-office shakeup was announced by owner Jimmy Haslam. Also, assistant GM Ray Farmer has been promoted and will immediately take the over the team’s football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and draft.
The moves come one month after the Browns hired coach Mike Pettine after a 25-day search. Banner and Haslam fired coach Rob Chudzinski after one season.
Farmer was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins’ GM, but decided to stay with the Browns.
Banner, who previously worked in Philadelphia, was hired by Haslam to run the team shortly after his ownership was approved by the league in 2012.
The Tribune Chronicle’s Mike McLain will be at the press conference, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. His full analysis and coverage of this stunning front-office shakeup can be read in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.