Packers promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

The Green Bay Packers have promoted director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to general manager.

Gutekunst replaces Ted Thompson, who was reassigned to the role of senior advisor to football operations after 12 years as GM.

"We could not be more excited to elevate Brian to the position of general manager," Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement.

"His time under the direction of former Packers general managers Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson will undoubtedly serve him well as we work toward our next Super Bowl championship."

Gutekunst, entering his 20th year in the organization, will reportedly get a five-year deal. 

He has been with the Packers since 1998, when he joined the team as a college scout. He was promoted to director of of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in March 2016. 

"I look forward to getting to work with the rest of our talented personnel department and using every avenue available to build the Packers into a championship team again," Gutekunst said. 

The Packers also announced that Russ Ball has been promoted to executive vice president/director of football operations. He previously was vice president of football administration/player finance.

As part of Monday's announcements, Murphy said there also would be a change in the Packers' organizational structure as Gutekunst, Ball and coach Mike McCarthy will report directly to him.

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