Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as general manager

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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.

After 13 years, Green Bays' general manager Ted Thompson stepped down from the position on Tuesday and reports immediately began to surface regarding the Packers' interest in Schneider.

Brian Gutekunst, current director of player personnel, will fill the GM role previously held by Ted Thompson, according to National Football League reporter Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. He served as a college scout through 2011 and was named director of college scouting in 2012. The request for the Green Bay native was denied.

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.

Two other names had been linked to replacing Thompson in Green Bay.

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The Green Bay Packers' general manager search didn't last too long.

Brian Gutekunst was in demand elsewhere. He had been stringent on building through the NFL Draft.

It'll be interesting to see what Gutekunst will bring to the table.

The Packers went 7-9 in 2017 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Aaron Rodgers' first season as the starter.