Browns hire ex-Packers executive Wolf as assistant GM

  • Browns hire ex-Packers executive Wolf as assistant GM

Browns hire ex-Packers executive Wolf as assistant GM

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for five years for Gutekunst, who has been with the Packers for 19 years and was promoted to director of player personnel on March 21, 2016.

Highsmith served as a senior personnel executive for the Packers.

Wolf, son of former Packers GM Ron Wolf, had been with the Packers since 2004.

Cleveland.com sports columnist Doug Lesmerises thinks it tells us something we should've already known - that the front office is the best-functioning part of the Browns power structure. Wolf will serve as the team's assistant general manager, while Highsmith has been named the vice president of player personnel. We are going to set out to find talented football players that possess that same passion for the game.

It's a big loss for Green Bay, and potentially another sign that their grip on the NFC North is slipping.

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. Wolf reportedly also had an opportunity to join Reggie McKenzie with the Oakland Raiders. Like Dorsey, Highsmith is a former player who went into scouting with the Packers.

Both Wolf and Highsmith have a history of working with new Cleveland general manager John Dorsey, who worked in the Green Bay front office from 1991-1998 and 2000-2012.

A former National Football League running back, Highsmith spent 19 years in Green Bay's scouting department. So the front office gives him an immediate opportunity to propel change after a 0-16 season and a two-year record of 1-31 under Hue Jackson.

"We're lucky to add Alonzo and Eliot to our personnel staff", Dorsey said in the team's statement on the hires.