John “big dick” Dorsey has made his final off-season addition to the Front Office, before we get into the Combine, Free Agency, and the Draft. Wolf had been interviewing with both the Browns, and Raiders.
Wolf, like Alonzo Highsmith comes from the Greenbay Packer organization. He is the son of former Packer General Manager, Ron Wolf. Ron Wolf is most famous for trading for Brett Favre. Wolf traded a first round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft to the Atlanta Falcons for Favre. Wolf initially wanted to draft Favre, but was was he was taken one pick prior by Atlanta.
This has absolutely nothing with Eliot’s hiring, but it shows that Eliot has come from a strong background. In 2004 Wolf became a Pro Personnel Assistant for Green Bay, and worked his way through the ranks. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Pro Personnel in 2008, and then finally in Director of Player Personnel. Wolf comes from the Pro side of things, rather than drafting/scouting. The idea of over $100 million to spend this off-season has to be intriguing.
Per spotrac.com, the Browns have a whopping $109,696,292 in free money. It will certainly be interesting to see how Wolf will help spend that. After all, this is what I want him to bring. I want him to identify talent at the pro level, and bring them in. Whether it be a guy who is on waivers, or an eight figure signing when free agency opens.
Seems as if the overall reaction is that this is a great hire. The trio of Highsmith, Dorsey, and Wolf give me something to feel somewhat decent about. I will certainly give these guys some time to figure it out. These are three EXTREMELY well respected executives, who know what it takes to build a sustainable winning program. First order of business, Quarterback.
Swallowing my pride here. I think Alex Smith is a must get this off-season. With it being pretty clear he is on the market, The Browns have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Dorsey was the man who brought Smith to Kansas City for a 2013 conditional third round pick. Now, with Smith coming off arguably his best season the price might be higher. This where my man Sashi Brown deserves some credit. Bill Belichick won’t call The Browns to have them overpay for Jimmy G, but I bet Andy Reid calls the Browns first if trading him is the option they go with, rather than cutting him out-right. Sashi built up draft capital for a reason. Let’s use it. I’m ok with a bit of an overpay, as Smith is coming off a damn good year, as reflected in the stats below. While Smith isn’t going to get you a Super Bowl, he could bring major stability to the Quarterback position, while we groom either Darnold, or Rosen.
Hopefully the organization is starting to stabilize. See if we can attract a few free agents (hello Terrlle Pryor), trade for Smith, and pick your future Franchise Quarterback. Use the ass-tone of picks to continue to build roster. Let’s get this ball rollin’. The off-season is our season baby!
P.S. But seriously, bring back TP12…Or
Any of these guys…