Starter Pack: GM not expected to let scout Alonzo Highsmith leave

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The Packers aren't expected to grant the Washington Redskins permission to interview one of their top personnel executives, Alonzo Highsmith.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that new Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan sought permission from the Packers to talk to Highsmith about a position in his scouting department.

Because it's not a general manager position, Packers general manager Ted Thompson can decline the request. He's expected to do so in this case.

Thompson was in Pittsburgh most of the day Sunday attending services for coach Mike McCarthy's brother, Joe, who died last week. Thompson returned to Green Bay on Sunday evening, but it was not known if he had formally declined the Redskins' request yet.

McCloughan worked in the Packers' scouting department from 1994 to 1999.

Highsmith has been with the Packers for 16 seasons and was promoted to senior personnel executive in 2012. That makes him one of Thompson's top advisers along with Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst. Wolf was promoted to director of player personnel earlier this month. Gutekunst is the team's director of college scouting.

In 2009, those three spots belonged to John Schneider, Reggie McKenzie and John Dorsey. Since them, all three have become general managers in the NFL – Schneider with the Seattle Seahawks, McKenzie with the Oakland Raiders and Dorsey with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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