Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Green Bay Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager position

Green Bay Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager position

The Green Bay Packers' general manager search didn't last too long.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers almost 20 years, joining the franchise in late 1998.

The Packers have had a busy offseason so far, with former GM Ted Thompson moving to a new role as senior advisor to football operations and coach Mike McCarthy getting a two-year extension.

Gutekunst was introduced to the Packers as an intern in the team's scouting department in the summe rof 1997, and was hired as a full-time employee by Ron Wolf on December 30, 1998.

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This comes after the 43-year-old Gutekunst interviewed for the Houston Texans' vacant GM job.

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. 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.

It was revealed Saturday that the Packers asked the Seahawks for permission to talk to Schneider, who has been Seattle's GM since 2010 but grew up in De Pere, Wis., within about six miles of Lambeau Field, and had reportedly been interested in returning to run his hometown team.

Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn't mean it's a bad hire. In addition to stripping Thompson of his duties, the club is searching for new coordinators to replace Dom Capers and Edgar Bennett and several new assistants, including quarterbacks, defensive line and assistant linebackers.

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