Browns make notable personnel hires in Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith official

11 January, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Cary Erickson
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New Packers GM Brian Gutekunst speaks at an introductory press conference Monday

Eliot Wolf, highly regarded during 14 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, was hired on January 10 as the Browns assistant general manager, the Browns announced.

"Eliot has been a fine executive in this league for some time now", Browns GM John Dorsey said, via the team's website. Wolf will be assistant general manager with the Browns after 14 seasons with the Packers, and Highsmith has been named vice president of player personnel after 19 years with the Packers.

Wolf was in high demand after being passed over for the general manager's job with the Green Bay Packers.

It was believed that Wolf would become the heir apparent to Ted Thompson after Wolf signed on recently as the Packers' director of football operations, but that title has now been given to Russ Ball, the executive vice president of football administration.

Daniels joins Raji, Bob Brown (1972), Henry Jordan (1960-61, 1963, 1966) and Dave Hanner (1953-54) as the only Packers defensive tackles to make the Pro Bowl.

"I really like the direction of where leadership is headed", Wolf said in the release announcing the moves. He just finished up his 22nd year scouting players in Green Bay. The 35-year-old originally joined the Packers as a pro personnel assistant back in 2004, working his way up through the organization with positions such as assistant director of pro personnel and director of player personnel. He was selected by the Houston Oilers with the No. 3 overall pick of the 1987 NFL Draft and spent six seasons playing in the NFL. He'll be the assistant GM for the Browns.

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"This is going to be an exciting challenge", Highsmith said.

Dorsey played for the Packers and has worked with the Wolfs. He is someone I've looked up to and has always been a mentor to me. He will serve as the Browns' VP of Football Operations, according to reports.

All three worked with the Chiefs under Dorsey, who was surprisingly let go by the team in June after four seasons. He will be a vice president in Cleveland's personnel department.

As a part of the team's front office shakeup, the Browns also parted ways with former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who had spent the past season as a senior personnel executive in Cleveland.

The foundation of the Packers' success is built in the personnel room.

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