Live Updates: Browns Press Conference at 11:30am

Live updates at 11:30am

  • “Joe has done a superb job” – J. Haslam
  • There will be no CEO in the new Browns organization.
  • Banner will serve in transitional role til May or June: “I don’t know that I’ve worked with anyone smarter than Joe.” – Haslam
  • Haslam said decision for Banner to depart “mutual” to “streamline” operations; all 3 will report to him
  • “The reports that HC’s didn’t want to talk to us are inaccurate” – Haslam
  • Haslam: “I will accept comments & criticism about change. There is no primer for being an NFL owner. Learn on the go”
  • Haslam “I felt like the previous setup was a little bit cumbersome.” This way “much more efficient, much more clear.”
  • “The people I talk to around the country think this is an outstanding opportunity in Cleveland.”
  • Haslam: These are the last of the major changes we’re going to make in the organization.
  • Haslam: Farmer will have final say on final 53-man roster; Pettine will set 47-man game-day roster.

That concludes Jimmy Haslam’s press conference – new GM Ray Farmer will meet with press in a few minutes.

  • Farmer: he’s an acronym guy – 1st one is KTB – Know Trust & Believe; 2nd is GUTF – Get Up The Field
  • Farmer said he knows trusts & believes in Haslam. Right man behind owning this team. He’s made a decision that we need to move forward.
  • Ray Farmer had no idea the shakeup would happen when he turned down the Dolphins job
  • “I think Jimmy should be applauded … as someone not afraid to make tough decisions.”
  • Farmer said he got a 4 year contract; Pettine got 4 plus team option for a 5th
  • “I think regardless of who the player is and what position he plays, I’ll make the right decision. It will be our decision”
  • Farmer: I definitely and very proud and happy for this day. My mom and dad are here & I wanted them to see this moment in my life.
  • Farmer acknowledges it is an “element of pride” to be one of the few African-American GMs in the NFL.
  • Farmer says he will work in “collaboration” w/ Pettine on the roster.
  • Farmer: There will be a different tenor how we stack the War Room.
  • Farmer on Davone Bess: We’re in communication. Just understand we are concerned for Davone.
  • Farmer said he has multiple draft boards right now but they’ll change
  • Farmer on hearing the news of his promotion last night: I was genuinely excited. There was a moment of reflection as well.

Earlier this morning:

Lombardi & Banner are out, Ray Farmer has been promoted to GM for the Browns.

A press conference will begin at 11:30am this morning. You can stay updated by following our live updates here at or follow us on Twitter @LivingWithCLE.

Press Release from Jimmy Haslam via

Haslam released the following statement:

“First of all, we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we’re fortunate to have in Ray Farmer. Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he’s compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland. He embraces his partnership with Mike Pettine, which is critical in helping build the right team. Ray will provide excellent leadership in our front office.

“We appreciate Joe’s contributions to the Cleveland Browns, especially in helping us as new owners. He was committed to creating a successful organization and bringing in talented individuals. We thank him for his work and dedication. We wish him and his family the best.

“Alec will continue in his role as President of this team. I think he’s one of the most intelligent and innovative young executives in the NFL.

“We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization. He is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he’ll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he’s earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities.

“The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”


Statement from Joe Banner:

“It is bittersweet leaving the Browns organization. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Jimmy Haslam and helping him set the infrastructure for this franchise. I am proud of the talented individuals we brought in to help lead this team and feel that the Cleveland Browns are in good hands moving forward.”


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