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Browns announce shocking front office moves

By Thomas Leone,

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday some news that came as a shock to people covering the NFL and its fans.

Haslam announced that both the team's CEO, Joe Banner, and their general manager, Michael Lombardi, have been relieved of their duties with the team after only one year of working together. These moves came shortly after the team hired their new head coach, a move that the three of them worked together on.

Lombardi's departure is immediate, while Banner's departure will take effect in two months, according to Cleveland.com.

Haslam also announced that assistant GM Ray Farmer will take over as general manager and assume control over all football operations immediately, USA Today reports.

Farmer joined the Browns in 2013 as assistant GM after working with the Kansas City Chiefs personnel for the previous seven seasons, according to USA Today. He declined an offer from the Miami Dolphins to become their general manager in January to stay in Cleveland as the assistant GM, without knowing he would be promoted a few weeks later.

This coming season will be Haslam's second full season as owner of the Browns and in that time he has hired two head coaches and general managers and got rid of the man he hand-picked to run the organization after one year.

Haslam has taken the term "one and done" to new heights.

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