The Cleveland Browns hired former Green Packers front-office executive Eliot Wolf as the team’s assistant general manager.
Wolf, the Packers’ director of football operations and 35-year-old son of Hall of Fame general manger Ron Wolf, interviewed for Green Bay’s GM job that went to Brian Gutekunst as the team reorganized the front office and came up with a new personnel management structure.
The Packers also promoted Russ Ball to executive vice president/director of football operations on Monday, leaving the younger Wolf’s future with the organization in question.
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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wolf will receive a four-year contract to work under new Browns GM John Dorsey, also a former Packers executive.
Wolf picked the Browns over offers from the Packers and Oakland Raiders, sources told ESPN.
Wolf is the second Packers executive Dorsey has hired since he became the general manager of the Browns last month. Former Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith was recently hired as the Browns’ vice president of football operations.
For a Browns organization that has gone 4-44 in the past three seasons, there is literally nowhere to go but up. Owner Jimmy Haslam will surely be hoping Dorsey and Wolf can lead the Browns back to respectability with haste.
The Raiders also showed interest in Wolf, who opted for a Browns staff that now houses three former Packers front-office executives in Wolf, Dorsey and Alonzo Highsmith. Passing on Oakland is notable considering that Ron Wolf worked closely with Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie.
With two first-round picks and a pair of second-rounders, Dorsey and Wolf have the chance to make an immediate impact on a winless, uber-young roster previously overseen by the fired Sashi Brown.
Brown’s out-of-the-box wheeling and dealing left Cleveland with a flock of high picks, but no quarterback. Dorsey and friends will be tasked with correcting that positional weakness right away.
Seen as a future front-office star, Wolf amounts to a solid hire for a Browns club now stocked with traditional football executives up top.
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