Changes are coming to the Cleveland Browns.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Browns general manager Ray Farmer met with owner Jimmy Haslam prior to Sunday's Week 17 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was told he would not return next season.
On Saturday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported Haslam might fire Farmer, along with head coach Mike Pettine, as early as Sunday night. Cabot also noted that Haslam could start interviewing potential replacements as soon as the Browns' season ended.
With Farmer dismissed, it is the second time in two seasons that Haslam has changed the front office.
Before the team named Farmer its general manager Feb. 11, 2014, the Browns made a stunning decision to let go of CEO Joe Banner and former general manager Mike Lombardi just one year after hiring them.
Haslam went on record in August, telling reporters that he would not "blow things up" no matter how bad the year went for Cleveland.
Albert Breer of NFL.com also noted Cleveland will have its sixth general manager in eight years after moving on from Farmer.
The Browns finished 3-13 after their season finale against Pittsburgh and will have the second overall selection in the NFL draft. Cleveland had four first-round picks in the two years Farmer served as its general manager, with one of those being quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Despite another disappointing season, Farmer told reporters in November that he felt he was creating a culture in Cleveland, per Matthew Florjancic of WKYC.com:
What I have done is I have helped bring a culture to Cleveland. I would think, in my mind, the guy that actually wins the job should get it. As you produce and you get guys those opportunities, you will continue to unearth good players. It is the reality for me that the third of the league is made up of college free agents.
So far, it's been nothing short of disastrous, and only a losing culture remains in Cleveland. The Browns have lost 18 of their last 21 games after starting the 2014 season 7-4.
It's a bad look for Haslam to continue with turning over the front office, but the reality is in the numbers. And the reality is that the Browns may have to start over again.
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