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AP source: Browns part ways with execs Wolf, Highsmith

Posted: 8:07 PM, Jan 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-29 20:07:28-05
Andrew Berry

CLEVELAND — Andrew Berry has quickly gotten to work on restructuring the Browns. In a drastic way.

A day after Berry was officially hired as Cleveland’s new general manager, the team parted ways with assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith, a person familiar with the Browns’ latest front office shakeup told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

College scouting director Steve Malin also has left the team, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the moves have not been made public.

Wolf, the son of Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf, and Highsmith were both brought to Cleveland two years ago by former GM John Dorsey, who resigned on Dec. 31 after declining an offer to take a lesser role with the team.

Highsmith’s departure was expected for weeks and happened almost immediately after Berry returned following one season in Philadelphia as the Eagles’ vice president of football operations. Berry, who worked in Cleveland’s front office from 2016-18, is the NFL’s youngest GM and only the second African American currently serving in that role.

Highsmith had been rumored to be on his way out since Dorsey’s surprising ouster. Dorsey brought Highsmith and Wolf to Cleveland after working with them in Green Bay.

Highsmith, who played six seasons in the NFL, has been linked to a possible job at Miami, where he was a star running back for the Hurricanes in the 1980s.

“I wanted to go in a different direction because my philosophy on football is different from theirs,” Highsmith told ESPN. “I may go to Aruba, or go to the Masters. I’m going to take some time to do some fun stuff. I may also clean my garage, who knows. As far as football goes, I’ll just have to wait to see what happens. I love all parts of the game.

“I’ve never been a title guy, working and contributing has always been my goal. So I do hope to return to the NFL.”

Cleveland’s front office has been in almost constant turmoil since owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam bought the team in 2012. Dorsey was hired following some dreadful drafts and he overhauled the team’s roster. But his group, which included Highsmith and Wolf, didn’t embrace some of the data provided by the Browns’ analytics department and something had to give.

The Haslams have fired five coaches and five lead executives in their football department during their tenure.

The Browns were expected to contend this season but went just 6-10 amid endless drama. Coach Freddie Kitchens was fired after one season. He’s been replaced by former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who is 37. Stefanski is still assembling his staff.

Malin spent two seasons in Cleveland. He also worked for New Orleans and the New York Giants.

BROWNS 2020 OPPONENTS

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BROWNS 2019 SEASON RESULTS

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Buccaneers 13, Browns 12 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · Patriots 27, Browns 13 (2-5)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · Broncos 24, Browns 19 (2-6)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · Browns 19, Bills 16 (3-6)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · Browns 21, Steelers 7 (4-6)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · Browns 41, Dolphins 24 (5-6)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · Steelers 20, Browns 13 (5-7)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · Browns 27, Bengals 19 (6-7)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · Cardinals 38, Browns 24 (6-8)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · Ravens 31, Browns 15 (6-9)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · Bengals 33, Browns 23 (6-10)