Browns add Packers execs Wolf, Highsmith to front office

Dean Simpson
January 11, 2018

The son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, Eliot Wolf arrives in Cleveland after a 14-year stint in Green Bay, where he most recently served as the team's director of football operations.

Wolf was one of four candidates who interviewed for the Packers' GM job that went to Brian Gutekunst.

Dorsey went to his Packers and Chiefs roots and shook up the Browns personnel department Wednesday with a series of moves created to help him reshape a roster that went 0-16 this season. The other two were vice president of football administration Russ Ball and director of football operations Eliot Wolf.

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

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.

"I was a little bit surprised that Eliot Wolf didn't get the job", he said.

They have resources, with 12 draft picks, including five in the first two rounds, and an expected $100 million in salary cap space.

Highsmith, meanwhile, spent 19 years in the Packers' personnel department. After starring at Miami, Highsmith was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1987 draft by the Houston Oilers.

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

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 is someone I've looked up to and has always been a mentor to me.

Wolf is the second Packers scout Dorsey has hired since he became the Browns GM last month. Wojciechowski was hired in Green Bay as a scout in 2012 after nine years in the same role with the Dallas Cowboys. "Some of my fondest memories in football were playing the Browns in the playoffs one year and the fans throwing dog bones at us so we had to turn around and play that series at the opposite end zone".

Finally, Ken Kovash will move into a vice president position in the strategy department after spending the past two years as vice president of player personnel.

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

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