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The Packers found Ted Thompson's replacement without having to look outside the organization.

The Packers are finalizing a five-year deal with director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to make him the team's next general manager, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com report.

Gutekunst has been with the Packers for 19 seasons, and was promoted to director of player personnel in 2016.

Murphy has reportedly asked both Ball and Wolf to stay on, something Wolf might find hard. Along with Gutekunst, they're highly respected in league circles and have been sought after for outside vacancies in recent seasons.


Gutekunst may not have been the Packers' first choice.

Gutekunst was one of several in-house candidates to replace Thompson as GM.

But how much are the Packers really changing?

That's good news for Mike McCarthy, who reportedly isn't in good graces with Ball and could've been out as the Packers' head coach if Ball was named GM. A promotion from within isn't surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion. The proof will be in their ability (or lack thereof) to return to just a second Super Bowl appearance with Aaron Rodgers, approaching his age-35 campaign, still in his prime.


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