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Packers hire Gutekunst as GM

08 January, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Packers Reportedly Hire Brian Gutekunst as New GM

The Green Bay Packers completed their general manager search Sunday with an internal hire, promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to GM on a five-year contract, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported.

The Packers found Ted Thompson's replacement without having to look outside the organization.

The other two were vice president of football administration Russ Ball and director of football operations Eliot Wolf. The man replacing him will come from a similar mold, as the Packers chose to give in-house candidate Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had also said last week that he expected Schneider to stay put saying "I'm convinced of that". Along with Gutekunst, they're highly respected in league circles and have been sought after for outside vacancies in recent seasons.

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Gutekunst was one of several in-house candidates to replace Thompson as GM.

The Packers, who finished a 7-9 campaign - their first losing season and playoff miss since 2008 - have undergone an organizational shift since the season ended.

But how much are the Packers really changing?

Gutekunst has been Green Bay's player personnel director for almost two years, though he has been with the Packers' player personnel department for almost two decades. And perhaps that's all the Packers truly need.

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