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Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

08 January 2018, 04:08 | Percy Christensen

The Packers hired Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager. More

The Packers hired Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager

The Packers are finalizing a five-year deal with director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to make him the team's next general manager, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com report.

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. The man replacing him will come from a similar mold, as the Packers made a decision to give in-house candidate Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager.

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

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Gutekunst reportedly was one of three internal candidates to interview for the job.

"My goal is to find the right person and general manager who will be able to get us back to where we all think we should be and that's winning Super Bowls", team president Mark Murphy, who led the search, said last week. He's been the Director of Player Personnel the last two seasons. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.

McCarthy is also filling several assistant coaching vacancies, including both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions.

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