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Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

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.

The new Packers GM played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse until a shoulder injury cut his college career short. Gutekunst reportedly beat out two other internal candidates for the title.

It didn't take all that long for the Green Bay Packers to find Ted Thompson's replacement as general manager.

This comes after the 43-year-old Gutekunst interviewed for the Houston Texans' vacant GM job. Gutekunst wanted the Packers' job and the organization didn't want to chance losing him. In previous off seasons Gutekunst has also interviews for management positions in San Francisco and Buffalo.

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The Green Bay Packers' general manager search didn't last too long.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers since 1999.

Gutekunst has been Green Bay's player personnel director for almost two years, though he has been with the Packers' player personnel department for almost two decades. That worked for a while, but with all of Green Bay's gridiron success during the Mike McCarthy era, the picks weren't panning out as they had been.


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