Former Kansas City Chiefs Director of Pro Personnel, Ray Farmer, has landed a new job in Cleveland.
Farmer has been named the assistant GM for the Browns. Michael Lombardi, who was originally named Vice President–Player Personnel in January, has had his title changed to GM.
Farmer is noteworthy simply because of how long he managed to stick around in KC. Farmer was with the Chiefs for seven years, dating all the way back to the Herm Edwards/Carl Peterson era.
Somehow Farmer managed to survive the Scott Pioli plaque that tore through Arrowhead. When Pioli arrived he fired almost everyone he could, including janitors.
Anyway, Farmer was retained and his experience had him on a few shortlists for GM positions this past offseason. While Farmer did not land any of those jobs, it appears this new role with the Browns is a step in the right direction. If Cleveland has any success over the next couple of seasons, Farmer may just find himself in charge on an NFL team of his own.
We didn’t often hear much about Farmer but he was likely heavily involved in bringing in some of the talent still on the Chiefs’ roster. He is likely most famously remembered for his role on the HBO show “Hard Knocks” the year the Chiefs appeared on the program. Farmer had the unenviable job of telling players that they had been cut from the Chiefs, which considering how bad the team was at the time, was especially insulting.
Here is one of the more famous moments from the show, involving Farmer.