Ron Wolf not likely to consult for Browns

If Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam seeks help from a member of the Wolf family to pick up the pieces of a broken football operations department, he is more likely to call on Eliot rather than Eliot's father, Ron.

Ron Wolf told ESPN that he has not been in contact with Haslam since the two had a casual lunch together in Jupiter, Florida, about three weeks ago. There is no agreement for the retired Green Bay Packers executive to work as a consultant.

Ron Wolf said that when he met with Haslam, the Browns owner didn't ask him to be a consultant.

"Right now, honestly, there is no truth to that," he told ESPN. "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, he hasn't told me he wants me to [serve as a consultant]. So there's no truth to it."

It has been widely speculated that Haslam will fire coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer after the worst season of Haslam's three-plus years of ownership ends Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A loss would make the Browns 3-13 -- their worst record since the 2000 season.

It has been reported that Eliot Wolf is the top choice among Haslam and president Alec Scheiner to replace Farmer as GM.

Eliot Wolf, 33, joined the Packers as a pro personnel assistant in 2004 -- three years after his father retired as GM. Eliot Wolf rose through the ranks, first under former coach Mike Sherman and then under current Packers GM Ted Thompson. He was promoted to director of player personnel a year ago.

Ron Wolf, 77, said he does not want to influence his son's career. He said if the Browns are interested in interviewing Eliot for a job, "they would not call me about that. They would call him.

"I think the worst thing a father can do is recommend something to his son. He's got to do it. He's old enough to do that. He's done all this by himself without any help from me. He started in the business after I got out and he's gone right up the ladder. I'm really proud of him. It's his call, all the way."

Eliot Wolf may choose to stay with the Packers, as he would be a logical candidate to someday take over once the 62-year-old Thompson retires.

"I would never, ever try to influence him to go someplace," Ron Wolf had earlier told ESPN. "You just can't do that."

ESPN Staff Writer Jason Wilde contributed to this report.