Packers promote Brian Gutekunst as new general manager

But that's a moot point now that the Packers have their man in Gutekunst, who had been Green Bay's director of player personnel since 2016 and has been in the Packers' organization since 1998.

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.

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Gutekunst played football at UW-La Crosse for two years, then became an assistant coach for the team after a shoulder injury cut his college career short.

NFL rules allow for teams to deny permission for employees to interview for what are considered lateral moves and a league source confirmed on Saturday that Seattle denied Green Bay the right to talk to Schneider.

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The #Packers are swinging big on their GM search. He served as a college scout through 2011 and was named director of college scouting in 2012. 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 has spent 19 years working in the Packers' personnel department.

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Instead the Packers were forced to focus on in-house candidates, which meant they were going to focus on Gutekunst, Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf.

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