Packers promote Gutekunst to general manager

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According to NFL.com, the Packers are promoting Brian Gutekunst to the position of general manager.

The Green Bay Packers will continue interviews with top internal candidates to replace general manager Ted Thompson on Friday.

The Packers also interviewed in-house candidates Eliot Wolf - the director of football operations - and director of football administration and player finance Russ Ball, who is affectionately known as Green Bay's "salary cap guru". He was promoted to his current position two years ago.

It was revealed Saturday that the Packers asked the Seahawks for permission to talk to Schneider, who has been Seattle's GM since 2010 but grew up in De Pere, Wis., within about six miles of Lambeau Field, and had reportedly been interested in returning to run his hometown team.

The Packers had not yet officially announced Gutekunst's hire as of Sunday afternoon. After his injury, spent two seasons as an assistant coach for UW-La Crosse.

Ball, the team's salary-cap expert and chief contract negotiator, has worked in a variety of roles during his time in the National Football League - dating back to serving as the Kansas City Chiefs' assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1993, when Packers coach Mike McCarthy was an assistant coach - but does not have a scouting background. Some had suggested that, if Ball had gotten the G.M. gig, Gutekunst would have received a title like "executive V.P. of player personnel". The request for the Green Bay native was denied.

Gutekunst, 44, has been with the Packers since 2012 and became the team's director of player personnel in 2016.

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