Packers hire new general manager, John Schneider safe in Seattle

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A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Green Bay Packers are promoting player personnel director Brian Gutekunst to be the team's next general manager. The Packers promoted him to director of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in 2016.

Gutekunst has been with the organization for 19 years, rising up the ranks from college scout.

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Saturday morning NFL's Ian Rapoport tweeted Green Bay had requested an interview with Schneider but was denied. The 44-year-old will take over the role from Ted Thompson, who will remain as senior advisor to football operations with the Packers.


Brian Gutekunst was in demand elsewhere. 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.

Chances are that someone (perhaps Bob McGinn) will have a detailed story regarding things done behind the scenes to help Gutekunst get the job, and things that will happen behind the scenes now that the Packers have a new football boss.

Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn't mean it's a bad hire. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.

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