Packers hire Gutekunst as GM

Jonathan Hernandez
January 8, 2018

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for five years for Gutekunst, who has been with the Packers for 19 years and was promoted to director of player personnel on March 21, 2016.

The person requested anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers since 1999 when he joined the team as a scout.

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. 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. The Houston Texans flew him in Saturday and planned to interview him for their vacancy on Sunday, but he took the job in Green Bay instead.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice. His first full-time scouting job came the following year as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Packers had several strong in-house candidates including Gutekunst.

Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He's been the Director of Player Personnel the last two seasons.

Gutekunst has also experience working with coach Mike McCarthy, who received an extension during the season to put him under contract through 2019.

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