John Dorsey keeps building the staff he wants in Cleveland. Just over a week ago Dorsey hired longtime Packers personnel associate Alonzo Highsmith as a vice president in the Browns personnel department. On Wednesday, he has hired another familiar NFL name from Green Bay: Eliot Wolf.
Wolf, 35, is the son of Hall of Fame GM Ron Wolf, who’s known for building the Packers into Super Bowl champions. Dorsey, GM of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-16, mentioned on numerous occasion just how influential the elder Wolf was in his NFL development, and both men speak very highly of each other.
John Dorsey, a well respected GM around the league paying dividends for the Browns with landing Elliot Wolf. It’s clear that guys find a front office job in CLE attractive bc they believe Dorsey can lead a turn around. The pieces are in place — now nail the draft. https://t.co/tPK14WoCqi
— Thomas Garverick (@Tommygarv17) January 10, 2018
The younger Wolf has spent 14 seasons with the Packers and received five promotions under Thompson. Dorsey’s tenure in Green Bay overlapped with Wolf’s for nine years before Dorsey took the job with Kansas City in 2013.
When the Packers announced changes to their personnel department this week, they named Brian Gutekunst their General Manager and gave Russ Ball the title of director of football operations. The shakeup caught many in the NFL by surprise and left Wolf waiting to find his next destination as he was fielding offers from Green Bay, Cleveland, and Oakland.
A year ago, Eliot Wolf removed his name from consideration during the 49ers GM search. SF looked hard at pairing him with Sean McVay. Says a lot about John Dorsey's credibility that Wolf is now choosing to go to Cleveland
— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) January 10, 2018
This is big acquisition in the front office for Cleveland, and keeping him away from former Packers general manager Reggie McKenzie in Oakland is nothing to scoff at. The alignment of Dorsey, Highsmith, and Wolf mixed with Paul DePodesta and Andrew Berry brings the Browns a crowded, but well-balanced front office that will have traditional scouting and the right mix of analytics.
Wolf’s deal with the Browns is reportedly for four years.
Any rebuild starts in the FO. #Browns approaching the best in the league in that regard. Excited to see Dorsey and Co. get to work on fixing this mess of a football franchise. #GFSN https://t.co/bGpKvlWIbd
— The Backseat Lamp (@thebackseatlamp) January 10, 2018