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49ers Interview Eliot Wolf for General Manager

Posted Jan 5, 2017

The San Francisco 49ers began their search for a new GM with a Packers exec that has a Hall of Fame pedigree.


The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Eliot Wolf on Thursday to be the team’s next general manager. Wolf currently serves as the director-football operations in Green Bay and has spent the last 13 seasons with the Packers.

Wolf, 34, is the first candidate to be interviewed for the 49ers opening at GM. San Francisco’s meeting with Wolf comes the day after they interviewed Buffalo Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn for head coach.

The Packers exec certainly has the pedigree to be a top-tier talent evaluator. Wolf’s father is Green Bay’s legendary general manager Ron Wolf, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

The youngest Wolf’s primary duties include handling both college and professional player evaluations through film study, college visits, pro days, college All-Star games and the NFL Scouting Combine. While in season, he spends a bulk of his time overseeing advance scouting of Green Bay’s upcoming opponents, evaluating potential free-agent targets and recommending player tryouts.

Prior to holding his current position, Wolf has also served as the Packers director of player personnel, the director of pro personnel, the assistant director of player personnel and the assistant director of pro personnel.

Wolf has played an integral role in Green Bay’s draft day selections of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive lineman B.J. Raji, linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Nick Perry, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, wide receiver Randall Cobb and countless others. 

His scouting experience began at the age of 10, when he would join his father in film sessions at Lambeau Field. 

Per Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager, Wolf’s interview is significant because the Packers did not grant him permission to interview for GM openings last year.


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