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The Cleveland Browns shake up the front office.  Browns CEO, Joe Banner and General Manager, Michael Lombardi are out.  Ray Farmer is now the new GM. He takes over immediately.

Farmer’s first order of business — free agency and the upcoming draft.

“I believe I am ready. Running the draft is as simple as the process. You have to have a process that you create that answers all of the questions in advance. The draft, the hay is in the barn by the time you actually get to picking players. It is the process that you go through to get to that point. I think I am definitely solidified in that process. I’ve been involved in that process numerous times. We’ll be prepared when it’s time to select the players, and players that fit what Coach Pettine wants to do,” Ray Farmer said.

The team announced Tuesday morning Banner will be stepping down in the next two months as CEO. According to Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam the team will not have a CEO.  Everyone will report to him.

Haslam says he wants fans to understand he’s committed to bringing winning to the Browns.

He believes this new restructure will be simpler and offer more responsibility and authority.

“I felt like the previous set up was a little cumbersome.  I think the way we’re organized now is much more streamlined, much more efficient and much more clear who’s in charge of what,” said Haslam.

Farmer served as assistant GM for the Browns.  Haslam believes he’s ready to be the GM right here and right now.

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LOCAL NEWS: Browns Making Moves: Ray Farmer Promoted, Lombardi & Banner Out  was originally published on praisecleveland.com