Report: Browns GM Farmer Being Investigated

Browns GM could be in hot water for texting coaches on game day.

The week just keeps getting worse for the Browns and their fans.

On Sunday, former Browns coach Bill Belichick hoisted the Super Bowl trophy once again as the Patriots defeated the Seahawks.

On Monday, news broke that Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel had entered a treatment facility for rehab. On Tuesday, the NFL officially handed down an indefinite suspension of Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon.

On Wednesday, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported that the NFL’s investigation into team executives sending texts to coaches during games could involve a loss of a draft pick, a fine and possibly a suspension of GM Ray Farmer. The investigation could be completed by the Scouting Combine, which begins on Feb. 18 in Indianapolis.

"I know we’ve cooperated fully with the NFL and if we did anything wrong I’m sure we’ll correct it and make whatever amends,’’ owner Jimmy Haslam said during last month’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora on Tuesday said that according to multiple league sources, Farmer called or texted quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains in the coaching box during games, which would be in violation of NFL rules.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan used the texts as one of the reasons to be released from his contract before he was hired to the same position with the Falcons. Loggains was fired the same day the Shanahan resignation was announced.

 


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