Patriots add Alonzo Highsmith from Miami as front office executive: Source

Patriots add Alonzo Highsmith from Miami as front office executive: Source

Written by Chad Graf, Manny Navarro, and Bruce Feldman

After announcing a split from coach Bill Belichick last month, owner Robert Kraft hinted that the New England Patriots might add to their front office as they navigate the new post-Belichick world.

After a few weeks, they seem to be making meaningful additions.

A league source said the Patriots are finalizing an agreement with the University of Miami’s Alonzo Highsmith to add him to their front office as a personnel executive with a job title that has not yet been determined.

Highsmith has been Miami’s general manager of football operations since 2022. Before that, he worked for the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Highsmith starred for the Hurricanes as a player in the 1980s and won the national championship there. He was drafted with the No. 3 pick in 1987 and played six years in the NFL before joining the Packers as a top executive in 2012.

What does this mean for the Patriots?

This is another clear sign that Elliot Wolf has a leadership voice within the Patriots. He was brought to New England in 2020 as a consultant and was promoted to director of scouting two years later.

Now, indications are that Wolf is the primary decision-maker in the Patriots’ front office. While Jerrod Mayo has built his coaching staff in recent weeks, he has relied heavily on Wolff’s connections. Mayo’s new offensive coordinator, Alex Van Pelt, worked with Wolf in Green Bay, as did Ben McAdoo, whom the Patriots are adding as an offensive assistant, and Jerry Montgomery, whom the Patriots are adding as a defensive assistant coach. Now, it appears more people with Wolf connections are entering key decision-making jobs with the Patriots.

When the Pats parted ways with Belichick, it left a power and decision-making vacuum within the front office. A month later, signs are still pointing to Wolf taking on those powerful duties. — Chad Graf, Patriots beat writer

Highsmith’s role in Miami

Highsmith, one of the Hurricanes’ greats, has been a valuable asset to coach Mario Cristobal over the past two seasons as the program’s general manager of football operations. He has spent a lot of time evaluating transfer prospects and working with Cristobal on administrative functions including budgeting, building culture and working with staff on and off the field.

Miami signed back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes and selected former Washington State quarterback Cam Ward through the portal this offseason. Highsmith ultimately achieved what he wanted in helping bring talent to his alma mater and helping Cristobal change the culture. — Manny Navarro, Miami beat writer

What did he mean for hurricanes?

Visually, Highsmith was a great recruit for Cristobal and Miami because his reputation in the NFL world and the UM football community was well respected. Highsmith knew what it took to turn UM into a powerhouse, and for a program that had been reeling for two decades, his arrival was a welcome sight, an ego boost it desperately needed.

On the job, Highsmith was Keane’s main man when it came to assessing expectations. Within the program, according to UM sources, he was viewed as a big asset because he had a sharp, coachable vision. The coaches and staff relied on him. It all came down to Highsmith, but in the end Cristobal was the final decision maker on that front that is different from the world of the NFL. — Bruce Feldman, a top college football insider

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