Packers to hire Brian Gutekunst as GM

Sheri Evans
January 8, 2018

Multiple NFL sources including NFL Networks Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero are reporting that the Green Bay Packers have selected Brian Gutekunst as the teams next General Manager, replacing Ted Thompson who is being moved to a new role in the club's front office.

The 44-year old has been the Director of Player Personnel since March 2016, but he has been with the team for 19 season in the player personnel department.

Gutekunst reportedly was one of three internal candidates to interview for the job. He returned to the Packers as a college scout on December 30, 1998, when he was hired by then-general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice.

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The Packers had several strong in-house candidates including Gutekunst. Schneider, a Wisconsin native, was the director of football operations for the Packers before being hired by the Seahawks in 2010. 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 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.

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

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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