Packers' Alonzo Highsmith staying put

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers denied the Washington Redskins' request to interview senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith for a similar position in their scouting department, according to a league source.

It was not a surprise given that Packers general manager Ted Thompson appears set on keeping his top scouts together.

Earlier this month, the Packers promoted Eliot Wolf to director of player personnel. Wolf, Highsmith and college scouting director Brian Gutekunst are Thompson's top advisors and serve important roles all aspects of the personnel department.

New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan formally requested permission to interview Highsmith last week. Thompson was able to deny the request because Highsmith was not up for a general manager position.

Highsmith, 49, has been with the Packers for 16 seasons. He was promoted to his current position in 2012 after serving as an area scout. McCloughan worked in the Packers’ scouting department from 1994 to 1999.