The Green Bay Packers plan to name Brian Gutekunst as the new general manager, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He was promoted to director of of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in March of 2016. He returned to the Packers as a college scout on December 30, 1998, when he was hired by then-general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.
When Mark Murphy offered the position to Gutekunst on Sunday, Gutekunst was in Houston on his way to interview for the Texans GM job.
Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice. In addition to stripping Thompson of his duties, the club is searching for new coordinators to replace Dom Capers and Edgar Bennett and several new assistants, including quarterbacks, defensive line and assistant linebackers.
Green Bay's decision comes less than 24 hours after the Seattle Seahawks declined their request to interview GM John Schneider for the same position. Green Bay reached the postseason every year from 2009-16 - one season shy of the National Football League record - before having that string snapped after this year's 7-9 campaign. Thanks to a broken collarbone, Rodgers only appeared in seven games this season. He could join former Senior Personnel Analyst Alonzo Highsmith who joined John Dorsey's scouting staff in Cleveland last week.