Wolf will hold the title assistant general manager for the Browns, according to multiple reports. That means analytics still have a place in the organization, though all involved are expected to help the Browns take on a bold, new strategy: to actually win games.
Dorsey played for the Packers and has worked with the Wolfs. Brown had no prior experience evaluating players before January 2016 when he was put in charge of the entire football operation. In turn, the hiring of Highsmith - Dorsey and Highsmith worked together in Green Bay - is that traditional NFL GM's resume at work.
Highsmith, a former National Football League running back with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spent the last 19 years in the Packers' personnel department. "He's going to be a general manager some day".
It's a big loss for Green Bay, and potentially another sign that their grip on the NFC North is slipping. Dorsey (2000-2012) and Eliot (2004-17) were there for part of it. And the Pack didn't have to look far when it came to Thompson's successor. 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. A source confirmed to The Athletic that Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan was in Berea to interview for the Browns' vacant offensive coordinator position Wednesday.
The Browns are now setup for the front office to do just that.
The 35-year-old Wolf - the son of Hall of Fame front-office legend Ron Wolf - met with Dorsey and the Browns on Tuesday after the Packers opted to hire Brian Gutekunst for their general manager role. He'll be the assistant GM for the Browns.
"We're lucky to add Alonzo and Eliot to our personnel staff", Dorsey said in a statement.