Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

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Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

Gutekunst, who has been with the Packers in a scouting or personnel role for the past 19 seasons, was slated to interview for the Texans' GM vacancy Sunday and made the trip to Houston before accepting his new role with Green Bay.

The Packers found Ted Thompson's replacement without having to look outside the organization.

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According to, the Packers are promoting Brian Gutekunst to the position of general manager. The Packers promoted him to director of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in 2016.

It's a reported 5-year deal. The Packers named Gutekunst the GM before another team could do it first.

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Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Gutekunst, Wolf and vice president of player administration and player finance Russ Ball are the three top internal candidates to be the team's next general manager. In addition to Gutekunst's promotion, another familiar face, Joe Philbin, is reportedly returning for a second stint under coach Mike McCarthy after serving as offensive coordinator from 2007-2011. Hiring an in-house personnel guy who aligns with his philosophy and a similar approach that Thompson took is a good thing for a coach who was given a quiet one-year extension in the middle of the last season.

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