MIAMI, Fla. - The Cleveland Browns say assistant general manager Ray Farmer is staying with the team after withdrawing from consideration for the job of general manager with the Miami Dolphins.
Farmer was interviewed by the Dolphins nearly two weeks ago and turned down their invitation for a second interview. The team is expected to interview finalists soon, with Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine considered front-runners.
On Friday, New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio became the eighth candidate to interview for the job.
Caserio rose to the top of the Patriots' personnel department in 2008 and rebuilt a team that reached the AFC title game this season. He has also been director of pro personnel and receivers coach for the Patriots.
Interviews began Jan. 10 in the search to replace Jeff Ireland, who left after six seasons when he and owner Stephen Ross agreed to part ways.
Miami faded late in the season to finish 8-8 and hasn't been above .500 since 2008, the longest such stretch in franchise history.
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