Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

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The man replacing him will come from a similar mold, as the Packers chose to give in-house candidate Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager. NFL Network reports he was also being considered for similar jobs in Houston and was there for an interview when the Packers made their offer.

Green Bay has hired Brian Gutekunst as its new general manager, which will end rumors of the Packers being interested in Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

The San Francisco 49ers previously courted Gutekunst as a general manager candidate last offseason.

Gutekunst was one of several in-house candidates to replace Thompson as GM. Former NFL linebacker and Oakland Raiders general manager cut his teeth in scouting in Green Bay under legendary general manager Ron Wolf from 1994 to 2011.

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Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice. Green Bay has yet to confirm the promotion.

The Packers had to tread through some drama.

Gutekunst has spent the past 19 years in the Green Bay organization, and was promoted to director of player personnel in 2016. That is not the case, and it's unclear if Ball will stay in his current position as vice president. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.

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