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Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

He will replace Ted Thompson, who previously served as the team's GM for 13 seasons before transitioning to a different role within the organization.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Packers director of player personnel came to Houston, but didn't interview with the Texans because he chose to stay with the Packers. The Packers promoted him to director of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in 2016. Unlike an earlier contract with the Seahawks, Schneider said his new deal - reported to pay him $4 million a year - did not include an out clause allowing him to go to Green Bay.

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




Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. On defense, veteran coordinator Dom Capers was sacked after a season in which the unit failed to generate consistent pass rush and had to rely on inexperienced players at cornerback because of injuries and turnover.

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.

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


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