Packers hire Gutekunst as GM

Packers hire Gutekunst as GM

Packers hire Gutekunst as GM

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for five years for Gutekunst, who has been with the Packers for 19 years and was promoted to director of player personnel on March 21, 2016.

After 13 years, Green Bays' general manager Ted Thompson stepped down from the position on Tuesday and reports immediately began to surface regarding the Packers' interest in Schneider.

It's unclear what the development means for Ball or Eliot Wolf, the director of football operations and, technically, a superior to Gutekunst.

Green Bay reached out to Seattle, according to reports, and requested an interview with Schneider, but were denied the opportunity by the Seahawks. Green Bay submitted paperwork for permission to interview #Seahawks Super Bowl-winning GM John Schneider, I'm told. He also worked for the Seahawks and Redskins before returning to the Packers in 2002, where he remained until the Seahawks made him their GM in 2010.

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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.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers since 1999 when he joined the team as a scout.

With Wolf and Ball being passed over, it wouldn't be stunning to see either or both leave to pursue other opportunities. 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.

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