The Texans started their latest GM search quickly. Less than 24 hours after Brian Gaine‘s firing, the Texans are interviewing former Browns GM Ray Farmer, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. This meeting is indeed occurring Saturday, per Fox 26’s Mark Berman (on Twitter).
This is the first known GM interview Farmer has received since the Browns fired him after the 2015 season. He spent two years running Cleveland’s front office, and like most modern Browns proceedings, it was a messy tenure. But the Fritz Pollard Alliance named Farmer one of its GM candidates entering the 2018 offseason.
Farmer, 44, spent one season as Cleveland’s assistant GM before Jimmy Haslam promoted him — after February 2014 ousters of the previous regime. The 2014 draft, which featured first-round picks of Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel (neither having played since the 2016 season), preceded a rocky two years. Farmer was not believed to be on board with either pick, with Haslam and Mike Pettine interceding. In 2015, the NFL suspended Farmer four games for texting coaches during games in 2014. This makes for an interesting start to Houston’s latest round of GM interviews.
A former NFL linebacker, Farmer spent seven seasons as Chiefs director of pro personnel before moving to Cleveland. He also worked as a Rams consultant since his Browns dismissal. While Farmer is the first known candidate, and one who was not connected to the Texans’ 2018 GM search, it is likely the franchise will soon involve executives who have been candidates for GM jobs in recent years in its interview process.