Browns timeline: Key team developments since 2012

It's been quite a journey for Browns fans over the last 18 months. Below is a look at some of the key developments since Jimmy Haslam bought the team in 2012.

We've compiled some key dates in what has been a very busy year-and-a-half for the Browns. Check out the interactive timeline below or read through the dates compiled chronologically.

List of Key Dates for Browns Front Office Since 2012

  • April 26, 2012: Browns draft RB Trent Richardson, QB Brandon Weeden in 1st round of NFL Draft.
  • Aug. 2, 2012: Randy Lerner reaches deal to sell Browns to Jimmy Haslam
  • Oct. 16, 2012: Jimmy Haslam purchase of Browns for $1 billion approved by the league
  • October 17, 2012: Joe Banner named Browns CEO; Team President Mike Holmgren announces he will retire.
  • Oct. 22, 2012: Sale of Browns to Jimmy Haslam closes
  • Dec. 18, 2012: Alec Scheiner hired as team president
  • Dec. 31, 2012: GM Tom Heckert, Head Coach Pat Shurmur fired
  • Jan. 10, 2013: Rob Chudzinski hired as Browns head coach
  • Jan. 18, 2013: Michael Lombardi hired as Browns VP of Player Personnel
  • Feb. 11, 2013: Jimmy Haslam returns to help Pilot Flying J
  • Mar. 4, 2013: Mike Lombardi named GM
  • Mar. 5, 2013: Ray Farmer hired as Assistant GM
  • April 15, 2013: FBI raids headquarters of Haslam's Pilot Flying J in Knoxville
  • Sept. 18, 2013: Browns trade RB Trent Richardson to Colts for 1st round draft pick
  • Dec. 29, 2013: Browns fire Head Coach Rob Chudzinski
  • Jan. 23, 2014: Browns hire Mike Pettine as new head coach
  • Feb. 11, 2014: Mike Lombardi fired as GM, Ray Farmer promoted to job
  • Feb. 11, 2014: Browns announce Joe Banner out as team CEO


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