Cleveland Browns fans are angry. And deservedly so.
General manager Ray Farmer caused an uproar today by nearly trading left tackle Joe Thomas.
As ESPN's Dianna Russini reported, the Browns rushed to complete a deal with the Denver Broncos before the 4 p.m. trade deadline. However, the teams ran out of time, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported soon after the deadline passed.
Twitter exploded as the news of a near-trade emerged just before 4 p.m., as Thomas trended on Twitter, with over 12,000 tweets about the almost-trade. Browns fans took the news poorly, immediately calling for Farmer's ousting. One man took it one step further.
Dawg Pound Nation's Shawn Starr created a petition on Change.org calling for owner Jimmy Haslam to fire Farmer, as seen in the picture above.
Starr also crafted a 1,300-word editorial supporting his cause. To Starr's credit, the Browns stand at 2-6 heading into Cincinnati, and Farmer's draft record is iffy at best.
In just two hours or so, the petition has garnered about 300 signatures.
Some of Starr's best clips:
"Farmer started with 22 draft picks, and he got to pick 18 players in his two years as general manager. That is enough to reload and rebuild a franchise. Farmer could have put nearly half the players on the roster himself. The verdict here is a brutal one; out of 4 first round picks, only one is starting and he’s playing at a level comparable to the bottom players in the NFL at his position ... Disappointment isn’t even a strong enough word for how badly Farmer whiffed with all those picks and how far back he has set this franchise through the draft [...]
"That takes us to free agency, where Farmer’s record is a bit more mixed. On the plus side, Farmer brought in Karlos Dansby and Andrew Hawkins, who have been stalwarts for the Browns. Whitner wasn’t a bad signing last year, but it’s hard to reconcile his decline against the ascent of TJ Ward, who wanted to stay with the Browns but was given the cold shoulder by Farmer. This year, Tramon Williams has been decent, but Randy Starks, Rob Housler and Brian Hartline have been largely silent."
Should the Browns fire general manager Ray Farmer? Will Haslam pull the trigger? Perhaps.
Either way, Browns fans are mad.