Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

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According to multiple reports, the Green Bay Packers have hired Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager and will be inking him to a five-year deal.

Gutekunst reportedly had an opportunity to become the San Francisco 49ers general manager a year ago, but the Packers gave him a raise and a new title.

NFL rules allow for teams to deny permission for employees to interview for what are considered lateral moves and a league source confirmed on Saturday that Seattle denied Green Bay the right to talk to Schneider. Mere days after removing Ted Thompson from that role, the team has reportedly promoted Brian Gutekunst to GM. Green Bay submitted paperwork for permission to interview #Seahawks Super Bowl-winning GM John Schneider, I'm told. Gutekunst wanted the Packers' job and the organization didn't want to chance losing him. Before that, he was Green Bay's director of college scouting from 2012 to 2015.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news, noting that Gutekunst came to Houston over the weekend to interview for that vacant job - Rick Smith stepped away for personal reasons - but declined the Houston gig in order to take Green Bay's job. 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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