Chiefs Lose Ray Farmer to Cleveland

Ray Farmer, the Chiefs director of player personnel for the last seven seasons, has joined the Cleveland Browns as assistant general manager.

Farmer was interviewed for the Chiefs general manager’s job that went to John Dorsey. He’s drawn other interest from teams around the league in the last few seasons and when the Browns were looking for a general manager, the Duke graduate interviewed for that position.

“Ray is highly regarded in league circles as an outstanding evaluator of talent,” said Browns chairman Joe Banner on Tuesday. “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.”

He joined the Chiefs in 2006, after he served four years as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons. In his role with the Chiefs, he was responsible for evaluating current NFL players and scouting other leagues, including the Canadian Football League. Farmer spent three years (1996-98) with the Eagles as a player after being Philly’s 4th-round choice in the 1996 NFL Draft.

“As a player, he was a good hard-working person,” said Banner. “As I’ve said before, I’ve made a practice through the years of just asking people constantly around the league, ‘Who do you work with that’s sharp? Who are the young up-and-coming people?’ And Ray’s name started to get mentioned to me all the way back when he was at Atlanta. And then I started hearing his name some more in Kansas City, just as a very bright, hard-working guy; understood the elements of putting together a team versus just picking players. And that’s what got me to the point where we included him in interviews for the general manager search, where he was just extremely impressive.”

The Browns named Mike Lombardi as general manager.

3 Responses to “Chiefs Lose Ray Farmer to Cleveland”

  • March 5, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    There goes the Chiefs draft board right out the door . Ray knows who/when/how in the Chiefs draft & FA as well .Poor timing for our Chiefs.Yet that was what I thought about Pioli in 2009. We know how that work out.

  • March 5, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    Nobody could collect trash like Farmer. As in cheap no talent roster fillers. Good riddance.

  • March 5, 2013  - txchief says:

    Well, the Chiefs draft ahead of the land of sadness anyway. These type of guys are job shoppers. I doubt that the secret of winning the Super Bowl every year and curing global warming (if you believe the fallacy) left the building with Ray Farmer.

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