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Steve Keim, Doug Whaley candidates for Browns GM, according to report

With current GM Tom Heckert on his way out, the list of potential replacements is growing.


The Cleveland Browns are reportedly ready to cut ties with current general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur after Sunday's season finale, and two names have already emerged as potential replacements for Heckert.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns could be interested in several candidates. Her list included: David Caldwell of the Atlanta Falcons, Doug Whaley of the Buffalo Bills, Ray Farmer of the Kansas City Chiefs, Steve Keim and Jason Licht of the Arizona Cardinals, and John Idzik of the Seattle Seahawks.

Cabot also cited two dark-horse candidates -- current Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and current NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, who previously worked in the Cleveland front office. Cabot said Pioli's ties to the Cleveland organization are something that could make him an intriguing candidate.

The Browns are expected to fire both Heckert and Shurmur by Monday, according to numerous reports this weekend.

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