Packers promote Brian Gutekunst as new general manager

Packers promote Brian Gutekunst as new general manager

The Green Bay Packers reportedly are hiring Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, after Ted Thompson left the position to take on an advisory role with the team.

The person requested anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement.

Gutekunst spent the last two seasons as the director of player personnel after spending 17 seasons in the team's scouting department.

This comes after the 43-year-old Gutekunst interviewed for the Houston Texans' vacant GM job.




Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice.

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

Gutekunst was one of several in-house candidates to replace Thompson as GM. Green Bay reached the postseason every year from 2009-16 - one season shy of the National Football League record - before having that string snapped after this year's 7-9 campaign. The offense struggled after two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers missed nine games because of a collarbone injury. He could join former Senior Personnel Analyst Alonzo Highsmith who joined John Dorsey's scouting staff in Cleveland last week. "I've done this job long enough, I wouldn't want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don't fit together".

Also of interest here is this means good things for Mike McCarthy.

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