Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as general manager

Jan 08, 2018, 03:16
Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as general manager

He withdrew his name from consideration late in the process and agreed to a new deal in Green Bay.

The Green Bay Packers completed their general manager search Sunday with an internal hire, promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to GM on a five-year contract, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported. Wolf's son Eliot Wolf was probably the most likely candidate for the job, but it ultimately went to Gutekunst.

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Gutekunst played football at UW-La Crosse for two years, then became an assistant coach for the team after a shoulder injury cut his college career short.

Schneider, a Wisconsin native, began his National Football League career with the Packers as a scout in 1993.

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Some had concluded that the Packers should have looked outside of the organization for a 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.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice. He was promoted to director of of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in March of 2016. That worked for a while, but with all of Green Bay's gridiron success during the Mike McCarthy era, the picks weren't panning out as they had been.

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