Green Bay Packers reportedly name Brian Gutekunst as new GM

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But that's a moot point now that the Packers have their man in Gutekunst, who had been Green Bay's director of player personnel since 2016 and has been in the Packers' organization since 1998.

The Packers have had a busy offseason so far, with former GM Ted Thompson moving to a new role as senior advisor to football operations and coach Mike McCarthy getting a two-year extension.

Brian Gutekunst was in demand elsewhere. He returned to the Packers as a college scout on December 30, 1998, when he was hired by then-general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf. In previous off seasons Gutekunst has also interviews for management positions in San Francisco and Buffalo.

After Green Bay took Gutekunst off the market, it appears there's a leader in the clubhouse for the Texans job - and it's not a Patriots staffer.

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Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice.

They swung for the fences first by requesting to interview Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, but they were turned down.

The Packers have not officially announced a hiring. Green Bay just tried to pull off a home run first.

Gutekunst was one of several in-house candidates to replace Thompson as GM. That is not the case, and it's unclear if Ball will stay in his current position as vice president.