Browns add Eliot Wolf to the rebuilt front office

Tyler Owen
January 11, 2018

The Browns made official Wednesday the additions of Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith to the personnel department led by general manager John Dorsey. He recently interviewed for the Green Bay GM job that went to Brian Gutekunst and Wolf was reportedly offered a spot to work in Oakland with Raiders' GM Reggie McKenzie.

Wolf interviewed on Tuesday with Dorsey, who came to Cleveland last month after Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fired vice president Sashi Brown.

The Browns are offering a four-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing a source. When the Packers announced that general manager Ted Thompson was being transitioned to a different role and the front office would experience a shake-up, many assumed that Wolf would be the one to land the GM job.

Wolf served as the Packers' director of football operations for the last two years.

The Packers had a change in the front office with general manager Ted Thompson stepping down from his role. It's been great to watch him grow up around this league when I was with him in Green Bay and from afar for the last five-plus years.

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But the son of Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf is instead joining the Browns, still crawling from the wreckage of a 0-16 season while preparing for a draft in which they'll have the No. 1 overall pick and four in the top 35. Like Dorsey, Highsmith is a former player who went into scouting with the Packers. He was the highest-ranking executive with a scouting background in the previous regime led by Sashi Brown, who was sacked December 7 and immediately replaced by Dorsey.

"Obviously, the people up there (Green Bay) don't think he's worthy, or they would've hired him", Ron Wolf told ESPN earlier this week. He is someone I've looked up to and has always been a mentor to me.

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. He worked for the team until 2012. He will serve as the Browns' VP of Football Operations, according to reports. The same can also be said for the Browns' 2 current vice presidents of player personnel Andrew Berry and Ken Kovash.

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

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