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Green Bay Packers reshuffle front office

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  • By Brian McIntyre NFL.com
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Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson announced several changes to the team's personnel and scouting departments on Wednesday.

Longtime director of college scouting John Dorsey was promoted to the position of director of football operations, replacing Reggie McKenzie, who left to become the Oakland Raiders general manager this offseason.

Dorsey was a candidate to become the Indianapolis Colts general manager, but declined to interview for that role; the Colts eventually hired Ryan Grigson. Dorsey was also mentioned as a possibility to fill the Chicago Bears' general manager position, which ultimately went to Phil Emery. Dorsey will likely be among the candidates for GM openings after the 2012 season.

The Packers also announced that assistant director of pro personnel Eliot Wolf, son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf and a rising star in the player personnel side of the game, will now be the team's director of player personnel.

To fill Dorsey's old position, the Packers have promoted regional scout (southeast) Brian Gutekunst to the position of director of college scouting. Southwest regional scout Alonzo Highsmith will join the front office as a senior personnel executive.

When McKenzie left Green Bay's front office, he became the second Packers personnel executive to land a GM position in the last three offseason, joining John Schneider, who was hired by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. Former Packers assistant director of college scouting Shaun Herock left the team to join McKenzie in Oakland as the Raiders' director of college scouting.

The Packers additionally announced several assignment changes to their scouting department.

Area scout Sam Seale will now be the West regional scout, while Richmond Williams has been promoted to area scout after spending the last four seasons as the team's national football scouting representative. Scouting assistant Chad Brinker will now be a pro scout, while the club has hired John Wojciechowski as an area scout, Glenn Cook as a pro scout and Michael Owen as a college scout.

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