Green Bay Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager position

Posted January 08, 2018

According to NFL.com, the Packers are promoting Brian Gutekunst to the position of general manager. Gutekunst was in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay, so it can not be ruled out that he will be promoted to general manager.

It's possible Green Bay will still make philosophical changes to its coaching and scouting methods, and it seems likely Gutekunst's promotion will coincide with a more active approach in free agency and on the trade market - two avenues Thompson was infamously loathe to travel down. 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. Unlike an earlier contract with the Seahawks, Schneider said his new deal - reported to pay him $4 million a year - did not include an out clause allowing him to go to Green Bay.

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The other two were vice president of football administration Russ Ball and director of football operations Eliot Wolf.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers since 1998, when he joined the club as a college scout.

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The bigger news what that means back in Green Bay. On defense, veteran coordinator Dom Capers was sacked after a season in which the unit failed to generate consistent pass rush and had to rely on inexperienced players at cornerback because of injuries and turnover. 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.

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