The Cleveland Browns continue to revamp their front office, and continue to pluck from the Green Bay Packers. The Browns will be hiring longtime Packers personnel executive Eliot Wolf, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
Wolf interviewed for Green Bay’s opening at general manager this offseason, but Brian Gutekunst was picked over Wolf. He then held offers from the Browns and Raiders to join their front offices. Wolf ultimately decided to join Cleveland after interviewing with the team Tuesday.
Wolf has worked for the Packers personnel department since 2004. He has held six different titles in his 14 seasons with the Packers. He has served as the Director of Football Operations the past two seasons. Wolf will hold the title assistant general manager for the Browns, according to multiple reports.
Wolf is the son of Hall-of-Fame executive Ron Wolf who served as the Packers former general manager from 1991-2001. Current Browns general manager worked for Wolf as a scout, and later Director of College Scouting from 1991-1998 for the Packers. After leaving the Packers in 1998, Dorsey rejoined the team in 2000 under the same title. He worked for the team until 2012. In that time, Dorsey worked with Wolf’s son, Eliot. That connection is what enticed Eliot Wolf to join the Browns front office.
Wolf will be joining another familiar face from the Packers, Alonzo Highsmith. Highsmith has reportedly joined the Browns front office, but it has not been made official by the team. He will serve as the Browns’ VP of Football Operations, according to reports.
Highsmith served as a senior personnel executive for the Packers. He has worked in the Packers front office for 19 seasons, including 13 years in the Packers college scouting staff, working for Dorsey. Highsmith is credited with pushing for the Packers to draft Donald Driver and sign undrafted Sam Shields, both serving significant roles when they played in Green Bay.
With the additions of Dorsey, Wolf, and Highsmith to the front office, the Browns have built one of the best front offices in the NFL.
This is not a joke…
Cleveland's front office now rivals Seattle and Indianapolis as the best in the NFL. https://t.co/hV8O6ivtZ0
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 10, 2018
The Browns are entering arguably the most important offseason the team has had in many years. After the Browns have compiled a 1-31 record the last two seasons, Dorsey and company are looking to add significant talent to the roster to make sure another miserable season does not happen.
The Browns are currently setup for the front office to do just that. They enter the offseason loaded with draft capital and cap space. With four picks in the top-40 of this year’s draft, including two picks inside the top five, the Browns could be setup for a very bright future.