Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers will interview Brian Gutekunst, the team's director of player personnel, on Friday. The Packers promoted him to director of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in 2016. The man replacing him will come from a similar mold, as the Packers made a decision to give in-house candidate Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager. The 44-year-old will take over the role from Ted Thompson, who will remain as senior advisor to football operations with the Packers.

Gutekunst has spent 19 years working in the Packers' personnel department.

The San Francisco 49ers previously courted Gutekunst as a general manager candidate last offseason.

When Mark Murphy offered the position to Gutekunst on Sunday, Gutekunst was in Houston on his way to interview for the Texans GM job.

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Gutekunst interned in the Packers' scouting department in the summer of 1997.

The Packers had several strong in-house candidates including 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.

Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.