Familiarity may breed contempt. It can also bring comfort.
General manager John Dorsey is trying to bring another of his former colleagues with the Green Bay Packers to the Browns front office.
Dorsey will meet with Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf this week about joining the personnel department, a league source told The Chronicle on Monday night.
Alonzo Highsmith agreed last week to leave the Packers after 19 years in the scouting department for the Browns, reportedly for the role of vice president of football operations. The Browns have yet to announce the Highsmith hire, although he tweeted about it.
Wolf interviewed last week to be general manager of the Packers, but the job went to Brian Gutekunst, who was introduced Monday.
Wolf, 35, is the son of Hall of Famer Ron Wolf, the former GM of the Packers who was a mentor to Dorsey. Wolf is considered an up-and-comer around the league.
Gutekunst told ESPN.com he has made Wolf an offer to be his “right-hand man,” but “wouldn’t hold him back” from other opportunities.
“I surely want him to be part of this,” Gutekunst said during his news conference. “I think the world of Eliot Wolf, not only as a scout, but he’s very close to me as a friend. He obviously has other opportunities if he wants them. That’s kind of between me and Eliot, but I’m very hopeful that he’ll be here.”
Ron Wolf was GM of the Packers from 1991-2001. Eliot grew up in Green Bay and has worked in the Packers personnel department since 2004. He was promoted to director of football operations in 2016 and has worked scouting college and pro players.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy apparently decided he’s not ready to lead a personnel department.
“He’s going to be a general manager someday,” Murphy said. “He’s extremely talented, and I have high respect for him. I really believe he’s got a great career ahead of him.”
Ron Wolf wasn’t happy his son didn’t get the job.
“At least he had the opportunity to interview for it,” he told ESPN on Sunday night. “Obviously the people up there don’t think he’s worthy or they would’ve hired him. End of discussion.”
Dorsey played linebacker for the Packers for six years, then was hired as a scout in 1991. He was general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 until he was fired in June.
The Browns hired him last month to replace fired head of football operations Sashi Brown.
Highsmith, a former NFL running back, worked with Dorsey in Green Bay from 2000-12. He was promoted to senior personnel executive in May 2012 after 13 years as a college scout.