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Browns name Lombardi GM; hire Ray Farmer as assistant GM

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Browns hired Ray Farmer as assistant General Manager on Tuesday and named Vice President-Player Personnel Michael Lombardi the team's General Manager.

Farmer will work closely with Lombardi in helping manage both the professional and college scouting departments.

"Ray is highly regarded in league circles as an outstanding evaluator of talent," Browns CEO Joe Banner said. "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."

Farmer spent the last seven seasons in Kansas City, where he was the Chiefs' Director of Pro Personnel. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Farmer was a pro scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-05.

Farmer played three seasons at linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles (1996-98) and appeared in just 32 games, including 16 starts, before a knee injury ended his career.

03/05 15:25:50 ET