The rebuilding of the Cleveland Browns front office rolled along Wednesday as the team hired Eliot Wolf as assistant general manager.
Wolf, 35, was being courted by the Oakland Raiders, where he would have been working alongside Reggie McKenzie, another former Packer executive with whom Wolf worked in Green Bay. Gutekunst is the 10th person to hold that title for Green Bay, and is entering his 20th season with the team. Brown had no prior experience evaluating players before January 2016 when he was put in charge of the entire football operation. Alonzo and I share the same passion for this great game of football.
Wolf was one of the four candidates interviewing for the Packers' vacant general manager position that eventually saw Brian Gutekunst hired earlier this week.
It's a big loss for Green Bay, and potentially another sign that their grip on the NFC North is slipping. Wolf's background is mostly in pro scouting, and Highsmith was a college scout for 13 years before being promoted to senior personnel executive in 2012. Owner Jimmy Haslam will surely be hoping Dorsey and Wolf can lead the Browns back to respectability with haste. The Browns finished the regular season without a victory and are now 1-31 in the last two seasons under head coach Hue Jackson.
The Browns also confirmed three other hires further down the organizational chart, the dismissal of senior personnel executive Ryan Grigson and that both previous vice presidents of player personnel Andrew Berry and Ken Kovash will be retained.