Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

The Packers tabbed director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers still could pursue John Schneider for their general manager job, but they will have to offer the Seattle Seahawks compensation to make it happen. The 44-year-old will take over the role from Ted Thompson, who will remain as senior advisor to football operations with the Packers.

Multiple reports confirm as much, with both Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com and Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting that the contract is for five years.

By hiring Gutekunst, Murphy passed over Russ Ball, the team's Vice-President of Football Operations/Player Finance and Eliot Wolf, the son of former GM Ron Wolf, now the team's Director of Football Operations.

Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

That may be their only resort after the Seahawks denied the Packers permission to interview Schneider for their GM job, a source confirmed Saturday.

The #Packers are swinging big on their GM search. The request for the Green Bay native was denied.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers since 1998, when he joined the club as a college scout. He was promoted to his current position two years ago.

The Packers, who finished a 7-9 campaign - their first losing season and playoff miss since 2008 - have undergone an organizational shift since the season ended. A promotion from within isn't surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion.

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