GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ron Wolf has spoken with Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager said Monday evening that the two did not discuss any formal consulting role with the team.
When asked if he had been offered a consulting position by the Browns, the former Green Bay Packers GM replied, "Right now, honestly, there is no truth to that. That has taken on a life of its own based on [one] conversation with the Haslams. Nothing has been said. He hasn't asked me, [and] he hasn't told me he wants me to [serve as a consultant], so there's no truth to it."
It's unclear what, if any, moves the Browns will make in the offseason, though general manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine could be on the hot seat as the team enters its final game of the season with a 3-12 record.
Asked what he thought of consulting with a team, Wolf replied, "I don't dislike that. I'm open to almost anything."
Wolf's son, Eliot, the Packers' director of player personnel, likely will be a prime candidate for a number of GM openings this offseason, should he pursue them. Wolf said Monday that he will not be involved in any way if the Browns decide to replace Farmer and want to pursue Eliot.
"No, no. That's already come up," Wold said. "I told [Haslam] that that is an entirely different situation. He'd have to do that himself. I would not be a part of it."
Eliot Wolf might choose to stay with the Packers, as he would be a logical candidate to take over when 62-year-old GM Ted Thompson retires.
"I would never, ever try to influence him to go someplace," the elder Wolf said. "You just can't do that."
Three years ago, Wolf assisted the Oakland Raiders during their GM search, which ended with the team's hiring of Reggie McKenzie, one of Wolf's former lieutenants in Green Bay.
Wolf, 76, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer along with Bill Polian, the former Buffalo, Carolina and Indianapolis GM who now works as an analyst for ESPN. Wolf and Polian were the first inductees in the newly created contributor category.
Wolf took over the downtrodden Packers in November 1991 and turned the once-proud franchise into a perennial winner again by hiring coach Mike Holmgren, trading for iconic quarterback Brett Favre and signing free-agent defensive end Reggie White.
Five former Wolf lieutenants -- Thompson, McKenzie, Seattle's John Schneider, Kansas City's John Dorsey and Washington's Scot McCloughan -- are currently GMs in the league.
Since retiring from the Packers in 2001, Wolf has fielded a number of offers to serve as a consultant for various teams.
He worked for the Browns in that capacity briefly in 2004. He was hired by the Browns as a personnel specialist but left four months later after a rift developed between him and then-coach Butch Davis. Wolf later recommended to then-owner Randy Lerner that the Browns hire Holmgren as team president.