Earlier today, it was reported that the Cleveland Browns' search for a general manager was "about to heat up," with a possible candidate being selected soon. Just a few hours later, Jason La Canfora tweeted that the Browns had interviewed a candidate:
Browns interviewed Chiefs exec Ray Farmer for their GM position today— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2013
Farmer is currently the Director of Pro Personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, a position he has held for the past seven seasons after being a pro scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-2005. When you factor in other reports, it sounds like the Browns may have interviewed Farmer twice. A few days ago, Zac Jackson of FOX Sports Ohio reported that the Browns had interviewed Farmer prior to hiring Rob Chudzinski. Does that make Farmer the current favorite for some form of a personnel position with the Browns? Maybe. Or, he could simply be the guy who satisfies the Rooney Rule.
Keith Britton of 92.3 The Fan, who has been quite accurate in his tweets the past two weeks or so, still thinks Michael Lombardi is the favorite for the position, though:
#Browns GM search in full swing. As reported earlier, Ray Farmer interviewed today, one of few candidates. Still expect Lombardi as favorite— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) January 15, 2013