Browns Hire Eliot Wolf As Assistant GM

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The change of power was swift and sweet but with a very important twist.

General manager John Dorsey has added Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf as his assistant general manager the team confirmed to 92.3 The Fan Wednesday.

The former Director of Player Personnel was formally introduced at a news conference Monday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

The Browns are now setup for the front office to do just that.

Gutekunst reportedly was one of three internal candidates to interview for the job. He was selected over Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf, two other key members of Thompson's former team. He was considered for Green Bay's offseason opening at general manager following the departure of Ted Thompson, but the job ultimately went to Brian Gutekunst.

The Houston Chronicle first reported Sunday that Gutekunst had taken the job.

Gutekunst likely will promote director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan and director of pro personnel John Wojciechowski to be his top assistants.

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The decision to hire Gutekunst mimics the Packers philosophy of draft and developing players. He also oversaw college scouting for four years, and worked 11 seasons as a regional college scout in the talent-rich Southeast.

He says he plans to continue beating the bushes and visiting college campuses as a scout because the draft is still the lifeblood of building a roster.

Gutekunst got his start in Green Bay as a scouting intern in the summer of 1997, spent most of 1998 as a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the Packers for good when then-GM and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf hired him as a scout on December 30, 1998. He will serve as the Browns' VP of Football Operations, according to reports.

Murphy said for 13 years, Thompson had total control of personnel, salaries and football operations.

Murphy said he decided to make the change during a broad re-evaluation sparked by the GM search.

His goal then became knocking down those silos and strengthening those lines of communication.

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