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Packers deny Washington permission to interview Alonzo Highsmith, per report

Another team tries to pick off an important cog of the Packers' front office.

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Washington made waves in early January when it hired former San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks exec Scot McCloughan to become the team's general manager. To many, the move signified a step away from the spendthrift strategies that defined Dan Snyder's ownership, opening the door to a brighter, more responsible future in D.C.

But hiring a new GM usually means an influx of other front office talent, and the Packers could be affected. According to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, Washington has sought permission to interview Green Bay senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith. The Packers have denied that request.

Highsmith has worked in the Packers front office since 1999. It was then that he first worked alongside McCloughan who was then a scout for the team. Since then, Highsmith has steadily moved up the ranks, becoming a valued member of one of the most successful personnel departments in the league. Prior to GM Ted Thompson committing to a long-term extension, Highsmith's name came up as a possible replacement. He's viewed as an up-and-coming around the league and could eventually depart Green Bay for a bigger opportunity. However, Highsmith will remain with the Packers for at least another season.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.