Browns make notable personnel hires in Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith official

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The Green Bay Packers are promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to be the team's next general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

He will be reunited with longtime Packers executive and former Green Bay linebacker John Dorsey, now the Browns' GM, along with new Browns vice president of football operations and former Packers staffer Alonzo Highsmith.

As a part of the team's front office shakeup, the Browns also parted ways with former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who had spent the past season as a senior personnel executive in Cleveland. Brown had no prior experience evaluating players before January 2016 when he was put in charge of the entire football operation. And it possesses plenty of Green Bay flavor.

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According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Wolf has accepted a four-year deal to join the Cleveland Browns front office. He's been a big reason for the consistent success the Packers have experienced over the last decade.

Highsmith, meanwhile, spent 19 years in the Packers' personnel department. He reportedly had an offer to join coach Jon Gruden in Oakland. 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. Wolf's background is mostly in pro scouting, and Highsmith was a college scout for 13 years before being promoted to senior personnel executive in 2012. The Browns finished the regular season without a victory and are now 1-31 in the last two seasons under head coach Hue Jackson. All three worked under Dorsey during his time with the Chiefs.

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