A report says that the Green Bay Packers have hired from within for their new general manager.
Brian Gutekunst, the team's director of player personnel, will take the job vacated by the reassignment of Ted Thompson, according to NFL Network. The report says they are finalizing the deal.
Initially, there were reports that Russ Ball, Green Bay's vice president of football administration and player finance, and Gutekunst will share the duties once held by Thompson, according to Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain.
McClain was reporting on Gutekunst's impending interview with the Texans for their open GM job when he said Gutekunst never went for the interview after accepting the job with the Packers.
Gutekunst has been with the organization for 19 years and served in both the Thompson and Ron Wolf administrations. His tenure is the longest of anyone in football operations in Green Bay.
With the exception of the three seasons where Mike Sherman was both coach and general manager (2002-04), this is the 27th consecutive year that someone in the Ron Wolf player personnel line will be the GM of the Packers. Wolf served from 1991-2001. He hired Ted Thompson, the GM from 2005 until this past week. Wolf also hired Gutekunst.