NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as new GM

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The Packers tabbed director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday. The man replacing him will come from a similar mold, as the Packers chose to give in-house candidate Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager. He spent his first 13 years with the Packers as a regional college scout and from 2012-2015 he served as the director of college scouting.

Gutekunst just completed his 19th season in the team's player personnel department.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice. He also spent time in the scouting departments with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

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Gutekunst was one of several in-house candidates to replace Thompson as GM.

Green Bay reached out to Seattle, according to reports, and requested an interview with Schneider, but were denied the opportunity by the Seahawks. On defense, veteran coordinator Dom Capers was sacked after a season in which the unit failed to generate consistent pass rush and had to rely on inexperienced players at cornerback because of injuries and turnover. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season. "I've done this job long enough, I wouldn't want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don't fit together".