The Browns hired Ray Farmer as the team’s assistant general manager and changed Michael Lombardi’s title to general manager, the club announced Tuesday.
Farmer will work closely with Lombardi in Cleveland after spending the past seven seasons as the Chiefs’ director of pro personnel. He was a pro scout with the Falcons from 2002-05.
“Ray is highly regarded in league circles as an outstanding evaluator of talent,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “We had the opportunity to meet with Ray in our initial search for a general manager and came away extremely impressed. I have known Ray since he played with us in Philadelphia, and I am familiar with the type of person he is, his work ethic and his knowledge of the game. We are very fortunate that we were able to add someone of Ray’s caliber to our personnel staff.”
Lombardi was originally hired as the team’s vice president of player personnel on Jan. 18 and will now become the Browns’ GM.