Thompson also shuffled the deck on his scouting staff, promoting longtime college scouting director John Dorsey to director of football operations; area scout Brian Gutekunst to Dorsey’s old job; Eliot Wolf to pro personnel director and Alonzo Highsmith to a special advisory role in-house after years in the Southwest. Thompson will now have to prove as adept at cultivating talent in his personnel department as he’s been with young players on this roster following Dorsey’s departure for the Chiefs’ GM job. With John Schneider in Seattle, Reggie McKenzie in Oakland and Dorsey in Kansas City, Thompson has lost his three top lieutenants to GM jobs elsewhere in a 36-month span. Whether he tabs his longtime best friend, ex-Packers, Seahawks and Titans exec Mike Reinfeldt, for a spot on his staff remains to be seen. Reinfeldt, Thompson’s old teammate with the Houston Oilers, was inexplicably let go by the Titans last month, even though he was no longer overseeing day-to-day personnel moves.

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