Eliot Wolf has become a popular name as a potential National Football League general manager, but the Green Bay Packers passed over their in-house candidate in their search to replace Ted Thompson. Oddly, that is the title we had assumed was going to Highsmith.
Gutekunst has been Green Bay's player personnel director for almost two years, though he has been with the Packers' player personnel department for almost two decades.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the Browns have hired Wolf as assistant general manager on a four-year deal. Highsmith was pissed because he didn't think he'd get a chance to interview. Wolf reportedly also had an opportunity to join Reggie McKenzie with the Oakland Raiders. He's someone I've looked up to and has always been a mentor to me.
"I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be part of something special". The Browns finished the regular season without a victory and are now 1-31 in the last two seasons under head coach Hue Jackson.
During Thompson's time as general manager, the Packers reached the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons and won Super Bowl XLV. Highsmith was there that entire 19-year run.
Dorsey is not confining his raiding to the Packers.
The Packers officially announced Brian Gutekunst as their new General Manager Monday.
Jimmy Noel was named assistant director of pro scouting, Matt Donahoe as scout and Dan Zegers as personnel coordinator. All three have experience working in the personnel department from their time together with Dorsey in Kansas City with the Chiefs.
Last week, the Packers let another high-ranking scout, Alonzo Highsmith, out of his contract to join the Cleveland Browns' scouting department.