Packers promote Gutekunst to general manager

Jan 08, 2018, 02:36
Packers promote Gutekunst to general manager

By hiring Gutekunst, Murphy passed over Russ Ball, the team's Vice-President of Football Operations/Player Finance and Eliot Wolf, the son of former GM Ron Wolf, now the team's Director of Football Operations.

Brian Gutekunst was in demand elsewhere. He spent his first 13 seasons as a college scout.

The Green Bay Packers will continue interviews with top internal candidates to replace general manager Ted Thompson on Friday.

Gutekunst was scheduled to interview for the Houston Texans' general manager position on Sunday.

The new Packers GM played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse until a shoulder injury cut his college career short. A promotion from within isn't surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion.

The Packers have not officially announced a hiring. Green Bay just tried to pull off a home run first. One of the rumors was that Green Bay could have Gutekunst split the GM role with Russ Ball.

Schneider signed a five-year contract extension with the Seahawks in 2016 that provided no "out clause" to Green Bay should a position become available.

Thompson had been in charge of the Packers' football operation since 2005.

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