Packers promote Gutekunst to GM

Packers promote Gutekunst to GM

Packers promote Gutekunst to GM

According to, the Packers are promoting Brian Gutekunst to the position of general manager.

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. Gutekunst was in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay, so it can not be ruled out that he will be promoted to general manager. Gutekunst takes over for Ted Thompson, who was reassigned to a senior advisor role last week.

When Mark Murphy offered the position to Gutekunst on Sunday, Gutekunst was in Houston on his way to interview for the Texans GM job. ESPN reported Gutekunst will get a five-year deal.

That's good news for Mike McCarthy, who reportedly isn't in good graces with Ball and could've been out as the Packers' head coach if Ball was named GM.

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Gutekunst has spent 19 years working in the Packers' personnel department.

As for the two other in-house candidates for the Packers GM job Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf that didn't get the job, it sounds like the Packers still want to keep them around.

The bigger news what that means back in Green Bay.

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.

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