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Report: Ray Farmer Relieved of Duties Before Final Game, Could Sashi Brown Take His Place as GM?

Ray Farmer's was present during Week 17's finale, but he'd already been let go. Could Sashi Brown be taking his place?

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer met with ownership (presumably Jimmy and Dee Haslam) prior to the team's final game against the Steelers, and was relieved of his duties.

If it's true, then it means that Farmer was walking around the field earlier today, knowing his fate was sealed already. He was also in one of the Browns' suites during the game:

Ray Farmer

Interestingly enough, Rapoport speculates that Sashi Brown, the team's Executive Vice President and General Counsel, could replace Farmer in the football operations department. Vic Carucci, who used to work for and is now with the Bills, also reported the same thing:

Brown's specialty has been handling contracts, and it's even possible that Brown is the one who constructed the contract of TE Gary Barnidge a couple of weeks ago. I would even presume that Brown is the one sitting next to Farmer in the photograph above. Kevin Jones, formerly of, is also hearing stuff about Brown and provided some thoughts on the potential move:

Head coach Mike Pettine is scheduled to meet with Haslam at 7:00 PM ET, where he might find out his fate.