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January 22 2018, 12:29 | Van Peters
The Packers hired Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager. More
He was promoted to director of of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in March 2016.
Brian Gutekunst, current director of player personnel, will fill the GM role previously held by Ted Thompson, according to National Football League reporter Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
If they plan to be more active in free agency, it would make sense to retain VP of football administration Russ Ball, who handled contract negotiations under Thompson. Reports indicate the Packers also reached out to John Schneider about their opening but were rebuffed by the Seahawks, and fellow former Packers exec Reggie McKenzie, who reportedly opted to remain in Oakland with new coach Jon Gruden.
Murphy has reportedly asked both Ball and Wolf to stay on, something Wolf might find hard.
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.
But how much are the Packers really changing?
Gutekunst, entering his 20th year in the organization, will reportedly get a five-year deal. And McCarthy was very involved in the search to replace Thompson. That said, Thompson built a perennial contender with his draft-and-develop approach, so the Packers are not going to abandon the idea completely.