Browns hire Farmer as assistant GM, elevate Lombardi

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Mike Lombardi was promoted to general manager with the addition of Ray Farmer as Cleveland Browns assistant general manager.

Lombardi held veto power in personnel decisions and that responsibility doesn't change with his new title.

Farmer was assistant general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs, a franchise undergoing significant turnover that is likely to continue through May. Most scouting contracts run until the completion of the NFL draft, which is held April 25-27.

Lombardi was hired in January to oversee college and pro scouting after working as an analyst for NFL Network. He previously worked in Cleveland under Bill Belichick in scouting in addition to a long stint as personnel executive in Oakland.

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Hartline, 26, is coming off his best season. He had 74 catches for 1,083 yards and one touchdown.

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Jenkins, 30, played two seasons of the three-year deal he signed in 2011. He was due a roster bonus of $2.43 million on March 16 and a base salary of $825,000 for 2013. He finished third on the team with 40 receptions, 449 yards and two touchdowns.

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In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, the former Oakland Raiders head coach said he doesn't understand how his career trajectory went from that of a fast-rising, offensive-minded head coach to an unworthy choice to lead an organization.

After being fired by new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie after the 2011 season, Jackson had struggled to find work until landing with the Bengals. He told SI.com that he received one interview for a coordinator position this winter despite eight teams changing head coaches.

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One of the league's most vocal players, Foster has more than 374,000 followers.

"It's been fun, twitter! Time for me to leave the digital realm. Be the light you want to see on the earth. Peace," Foster posted Monday, without giving a reason for his decision.

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Those sources said the Packers' star "paid close attention" to the contract paid to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, "but there's no anger. He's not planning to hold out."

Rodgers has two years left on a six-year deal signed in 2008 that pays him $9.25 million in 2013 and $10.5 million in 2014. Flacco and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees both earn about $20 million per season.
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