Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

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.

Green Bay will promote director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to general manager, NFL Media first reported.

According to Rapoport, Gutekunst signed a five-year deal.

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By hiring Gutekunst, Murphy passed over Russ Ball, the team's Vice-President of Football Operations/Player Finance and Eliot Wolf, the son of former GM Ron Wolf, now the team's Director of Football Operations.

Green Bay's decision comes less than 24 hours after the Seattle Seahawks declined their request to interview GM John Schneider for the same position.

That may be their only resort after the Seahawks denied the Packers permission to interview Schneider for their GM job, a source confirmed Saturday. After bouncing around the league (including a brief stint in Seattle), he returned to Green Bay in 2002 where he remained until he was named Seattle's general manager in 2010. He started as a regional scout, a position he held for 13 years.

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

Gutekunst will be entering his 20th season with the Packers. There are reports that Ball will stay on, working on contracts and cap matters, while Wolf sounds like he could be leaving Green Bay. Green Bay has yet to confirm the promotion.

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