Brian Gutekunst is Packers' New General Manager

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Green Bay Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as GM, so John Schneider stays put in Seattle

Gutekunst reportedly had an opportunity to become the San Francisco 49ers general manager past year, but the Packers gave him a raise and a new title.

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.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers will interview Brian Gutekunst, the team's director of player personnel, on Friday.

NFL rules allow for teams to deny permission for employees to interview for what are considered lateral moves and a league source confirmed on Saturday that Seattle denied Green Bay the right to talk to Schneider.

Gutekunst previously served as Green Bay's director of player personnel.

Thompson had been the team's GM since 2005 and will assume a role of senior advisor to football operations.

Gutekunst was scheduled to interview for the Houston Texans' general manager position on Sunday. Wolf's son Eliot Wolf was probably the most likely candidate for the job, but it ultimately went to Gutekunst.

That's good news for Mike McCarthy, who reportedly isn't in good graces with Ball and could've been out as the Packers' head coach if Ball was named GM. After all, Gutekunst has spent the past 14 years working under Thompson in the front office.

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