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

Green Bay has hired Brian Gutekunst as its new general manager, which will end rumors of the Packers being interested in Seahawks general manager John Schneider. Gutekunst traveled on Saturday to Houston to interview for the Texans open general manager position but the interview never happened on Sunday because he accepted the GM job in Green Bay instead, according to McClain.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers since 1998, when he joined the club as a college scout. He has also served as the Packers Director of College Scouting and most recently Director of Player Personnel since 2015.

In addition to their three internal candidates, the Packers sought to interview Seattle GM John Schneider, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie and Baltimore assistant GM Eric DeCosta but were turned down or denied.

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

Schneider signed a five-year contract extension with the Seahawks in 2016 that provided no "out clause" to Green Bay should a position become available.

Gutekunst interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers' GM job a year ago and was a finalist before withdrawing from consideration before the team hired FOX Sports TV analyst and former National Football League safety John Lynch.

Gutekunst attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, playing football for two seasons before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury.

Gutekunst is expected to be introduced at a news conference early next week.

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