Cleveland Browns poach Packers personnel exec Eliot Wolf

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The Cleveland Browns have hired former Packers execs Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith.

Highsmith served as a senior personnel executive for the Packers. The former Chiefs general manager (2013-June 2017) has also added three former members of the front office in Kansas City to the Browns' personnel department.

Dorsey and Wolf, son of former Packers General Manager Ron Wolf, worked together for nine years in Green Bay. Gutekunst had been director of player personnel. 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. And the Pack didn't have to look far when it came to Thompson's successor. He reportedly had an offer to join coach Jon Gruden in Oakland.

Of course, the last time the Browns got their man before another team could swoop in was when they convinced head coach Hue Jackson to skip his interview with the New York Giants, and we all know how well that has turned out.

Wolf, 35, was being courted by the Oakland Raiders, where he would have been working alongside Reggie McKenzie, another former Packer executive with whom Wolf worked in Green Bay. Owner Jimmy Haslam will surely be hoping Dorsey and Wolf can lead the Browns back to respectability with haste. Green Bay reached the postseason every year from 2009-16 - one season shy of the National Football League record - before having that string snapped after this year's 7-9 campaign. He was a college scout for 13 years until he was promoted to personnel executive in 2012. 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.

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