Alonzo Highsmith expected to leave Packers for job with Browns

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The Packers are looking for a new General Manager with Ted Thompson transferring to a new role in the organization, but it won’t be their longtime personnel exec Alonzo Highsmith.

Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Highsmith is “currently working out the final details” on a move to Cleveland to work with new Browns General Manager John Dorsey. Highsmith has spent the last two decades with the Packers and overlapped with Dorsey, who left Green Bay to become the G.M. in Kansas City in 2013, for much of that time.

Highsmith played running back for the Oilers, Cowboys and Buccaneers and pursued a boxing career that included a win over Mark Gastineau before taking a scouting position with the Packers in 1999. He was promoted to a senior personnel executive position in 2012.

Highsmith would be the first significant addition to the personnel department since Dorsey was hired in December.

45 responses to “Alonzo Highsmith expected to leave Packers for job with Browns

  1. Proof positive that people don’t work for organizations as much as they work for people.

    On its face it makes zero sense to leave Green Bay to go work for the Browns, but if he and Dorsey click, then good for both of them.

  2. bassplucker says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Proof positive that people don’t work for organizations as much as they work for people.

    On its face it makes zero sense to leave Green Bay to go work for the Browns, but if he and Dorsey click, then good for both of them.

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    That proves very little. If he leaves for the same money and for the same job then yes it’s a relationship. If he got a raise then likely he left due to money. Likely Dorsey has something to do with it also as it will make the club legitimate but still it was likely money unless it’s a huge promotion.

  3. Good luck to Dorsey and Highsmith in CLE. All part of a very successful GM tree that produced Thompson, Schneider, and McKenzie. Teams that tend to make the playoffs more often than most. Thanks for your contributions in Green Bay and wish you well!

  4. Means he knows he has little to no shot in GB of the GM’s job.

    Ball, Wolf, Gutekunst and outside people are the list.

  5. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    LOL !!
    From the packers to the BROWNS.
    Let that sink in.

    I know being a knuckle dragger like yourself, its probably tough to understand that he’s probably taking that job cause its an elevated position with more money and a chance to work with someone he probably had a good relationship when they were coworkers.

  6. a year’s extension means nothing. McCarthy could be fired just as easily when a new GM gets named. Especially if it happens quickly. That immediately becomes likely the best job open – you’ve got a future HOFer as QB, so a good building block!

  7. This news and the McCarthy extension just tells me that the Packers have already made their choice and have opted for someone obviously within the organization.
    They still have to get their ducks in order, but it seems like the news has broke inside 1265.

    3rd losing season in 26 years, a 7-9 record after losing a Hall of Fame QB for most of it and those silly Barneys can’t even contain their glee.
    It’s going to be so enjoyable when they embrace the Suck and their embarrassing, epic choke job!
    skoLOL!

  8. In response to:
    minnesotablizzard says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    Browns becoming the packers and the packers are becoming the Browns! Aaron Rodgers is gonna jump ship for a bigger market!

    23 32 Rate This
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    a bigger market?? you must not realize that Packers are 3rd highest grossing revenue team in the NFL. Behind only the Giants and the Cowboys.

  9. a bigger market?? you must not realize that Packers are 3rd highest grossing revenue team in the NFL. Behind only the Giants and the Cowboys.

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    I think he meant a market where there is more than 3 places to eat.

  10. This is great news that they’re adding another real football person to the front office instead of Harvard analytics people. All of those Harvard guys are still there but hopefully not for long.

  11. “Highsmith played running back for the Oilers, Cowboys and Buccaneers and pursued a boxing career that included a win over Mark Gastineau…”

    Everyone under 40 is like “Who and who!???”

    New York Sack Exchange, Google it. 😉

  12. flviking says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    Pretty embarrassing to be a pack fan about now.
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    Not really. Plenty of NFL teams would be happy to have a rotten season result in a 7-9 record. I’d be more embarrassed if my chosen fanbase sat here rapidly refreshing their browsers to chime in on every personnel move of another team. Like they had nothing better to do.

  13. Imagine how many Super Bowls we would have won if someone had the guts to fire Ted and promote Dorsey years ago. 3? 5? I bet we wouldn’t have wasted the career of yet another HOF QB.

  14. madmax414 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    LOL !!
    From the packers to the BROWNS.
    Let that sink in.

    I know being a knuckle dragger like yourself
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    Thanks !
    That was intelligent.
    Got any other brilliance to share with the world?

    Gotta love Gumby fans so self conscience about their own team that they drag out knuckle dragger and name calling.

  15. Gotta love Gumby fans so self conscience about their own team that they drag out knuckle dragger and name calling.
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    Spelling and Syntax: It’s what leads to comprehension.

  16. askedtoleavechoir says:
    January 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm
    Gotta love Gumby fans so self conscience about their own team that they drag out knuckle dragger and name calling.
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    Spelling and Syntax: It’s what leads to comprehension.
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    LOL

    Should we try spelling and syntax on the Gumby fans and see how they stack up?

  17. The Browns have been an example of mismanagement since 99. They’ve had 3 owners, are on their 9th coach, and too many QBs to count. Hopefully, Dorsey is the last GM for a while, and Jackson proves he was hamstrung by more mismanagement. Who ever turns this team around will be considered the greatest coach, GM, owner of all time.

  18. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm
    The same fan base that think they own “stock” asktoleavechoir?
    Speaking of syntax, your screen name lakes grammar.
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    Talk about brilliance. Maybe get a little shut-eye zonkers, you seem to be lacking sleep.

  19. Alonzo and John Dorsey are joined at the hip. They worked together in the same scouting dept in GB for a long time under Wolf and Thompson. Alonzo wasn’t going to get the GM job in GB (Eliot Wolf will be the GM) so it’s a slight promotion and I’m sure a gain in pay.
    He deserves it. Highsmith is another very good talent evaluator. Those 2 will get’er done in Cleveland. Dorsey is probably kicking himself right now. Had he not signed with Cleveland he would have been the top candidate to take over in GB. His boys still live here and he has a summer house in Door County along the shores of Lake Michigan.

  20. Next big hire by the Browns will come a week after the SB, when Belichick accepts an offer of 51% of the team to run the front office and coach the team in perpetuity….ha, ha, ha…hack, hack, urkkk.

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