The Cleveland Browns have promoted Mike Lombardi from vice president of player personnel to general manager and named Ray Farmer as their assistant general manager.

The two are expected to work together to head up the Browns front office in matters of personnel with free agency and the draft going forward.

“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.”

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