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Ray Farmer's focus on surrounding QB with best possible players

The Browns' roster boasts four quarterbacks, two new additions and two young players who weathered their respective rookie seasons.

Will that number grow over the next few months? Perhaps, but Browns general manager Ray Farmer said he was "comfortable" with the group as it stands today when he met with a handful of beat reporters Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.

"We clearly don't have the guy that's going to be our guy for the next 25 years as the starter fixed in his role, playing that position," Farmer told reporters, as detailed by ESPN.com's Pat McManamon. "It doesn't mean he's not on our team. It just means he's not entrenched in the role."

Even amid a number of questions about the quarterback position, Farmer found a way to touch on every position around the signal-caller, according to reports. Echoing what coach Mike Pettine said often throughout the second half of the 2014 season, the Browns' focus is centered on building up the roster around the quarterback and taking as much pressure off him as possible -- whomever it is.

The Browns' four non-quarterback additions to the roster, a group that includes veteran wide receivers Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, was a step toward achieving that goal, and more pieces will be added in next month's NFL Draft, where the Browns carry 10 picks.

"To build a football team, I think that's the focus. Build your team. When you find the guy that you insert at that position, then you find him," Farmer told reporters, as detailed by ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi. "I think when you look at the history of the league, people want to focus on the immediacy and relevancy of now. I say historically the teams that have found a way to be successful over time is because they had a good football team and not because they had necessarily a great individual quarterback."

Farmer touched on each of the Browns' four quarterbacks and explained why he was confident they can help the team be better in 2015.

With newly acquired veteran Josh McCown, Farmer focused on how the Browns' running attack and play-action pass plays could benefit him one year after a tough season in Tampa Bay. Farmer called fellow veteran Thad Lewis, who started a game for the Browns in 2012, a "humble worker" who is "not a road block to anybody."

Returning second-year players Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw received similar endorsements. Farmer noted the offensive scheme might not have been the best fit for Manziel when he started and struggled in two December games while praising Shaw for taking Baltimore "to the brink" in the Browns' regular season finale.

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