The Green Bay Packers on Sunday were reportedly in the process of working out a five-year contract to hire Brian Gutekunst as the team's new General Manager, replacing Ted Thompson. Thompson will remain with the Packers organization as Senior Advisor of Football Operations.
The Packers went 7-9 in an injury-plagued season, finishing with a losing record and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. That said, Thompson built a perennial contender with his draft-and-develop approach, so the Packers are not going to abandon the idea completely.
Gutekunst has been with the organization for almost two decades after being hired in 1998 by former GM and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.
This comes after the 43-year-old Gutekunst interviewed for the Houston Texans' vacant GM job.
The Packers are believed to have interviewed fellow in-house candidates, Eliot Wolf (director of football operations) and Russ Ball (president of football administration/finance), last week prior to the decision to promote Gutekunst. "While we have enjoyed a lot of success, we need to improve". Murphy said "While I understand this is a departure from the Packers current structure, it will serve to increase the breadth and frequency of communication and collaboration".