GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers have hired Brian Gutekunst as the team's new general manager which was first reported by Houston Chronicle's John McClain and then confirmed by multiple outlets.
Gutekunst takes over for Ted Thompson, who the team moved into an advisory role after a 7-9 season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are both reporting that Gutekunst's deal is for five years.
Gutekunst was the team's director of player personnel, and had been courted by other organizations during GM searches. 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.
Initially reports of Gutekunst splitting the Packers GM position with Russ Ball, the Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance turned out to be incorrect. Gutekunst will have full control of personnel choices.
Who is Brian Gutakunst?
Gutekunst, 44, will enter his 20th season with the Packers in 2018. He has been the Packers' director of player personnel since 2016. Former Packers GM Ron Wolf hired him as a scouting intern in 1997.
He then was hired as a scouting assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Packers in December of 1998 as a college scout, scouting the East Coast from (1999-2000), then switching to the Southeast region (2001-11) and then serving as director of college scouting (2012-15).
Gutekunst attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, playing football for two seasons before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury. After his injury, spent two seasons as an assistant coach for UW-La Crosse. In 1995, he helped UWL win a Division III national championship as the team's linebackers coach.
Gutekunst majored in sports management. His father was the head coach for the University of Minnesota from 1985-1991.