Browns add Packers execs Eliot Wolf, Alonzo Highsmith to front office

11 January, 2018, 09:33 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Cleveland Browns Team Page at NFL.com

In order to accumulate talent in free agency and the draft, general manager John Dorsey first had to stockpile talent in the front office.

The Browns have officially turned the page on the ill-fated Sashi Brown era by adding another experienced football executive to the front office. The team is bringing on Jimmy Noel as assistant director of pro scouting, Matt Donahoe as a scout and Dan Zegers as a personnel coordinator. He will be a vice president in Cleveland's personnel department. All three worked under Dorsey during his time with the Chiefs.

"Adding Eliot and Alonzo to our personnel leadership group, that already includes Andrew Berry, will strengthen us and help us develop into the type of personnel department we need to achieve the success our great fans deserve", Dorsey said. He started all 14 Packers games he played in this season and recorded a career-best 72 tackles (42 solo) while finishing No. 3 on the team with five sacks. Brown had no prior experience evaluating players before January 2016 when he was put in charge of the entire football operation.

On Wednesday, Eliot Wolf said goodbye to the Green Bay Packers after spending more than a decade in Green Bay and joined the Cleveland Browns as their new assistant general manager.

Wolf had been with the team since 2004, when he joined the team as a pro personnel assistant under then coach/general manager Mike Sherman.

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The move surprised Packers legend Brett Favre, who told CBS Sports' Pick-Six podcast on Tuesday that Wolf should "move on".

"Alonzo and I share the same passion for this great game of football".

"Eliot has been a fine executive in this league for some time now". And it possesses plenty of Green Bay flavor. But when Wolf was passed over for the Packers GM job, it seemed more likely that he would leave than stay with Green Bay.

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. "It's great to reunite with John Dorsey". Dorsey spent 21 years in Green Bay's front office, while new vice president in the personnel department, Alonzo Highsmith, also spent time in Green Bay.

Still, a part of me will always wonder what might have been.

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