Packers continue GM interviews with top internal candidate Friday

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The Green Bay Packers are promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to be the team's next general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

But that's a moot point now that the Packers have their man in Gutekunst, who had been Green Bay's director of player personnel since 2016 and has been in the Packers' organization since 1998.

Initially reports of Gutekunst splitting the Packers GM position with Russ Ball, the Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance turned out to be incorrect.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are both reporting that Gutekunst's deal is for five years. 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.

Gutekunst has worked for the Packers for the last 19 seasons.

Gutekunst was scheduled to interview for the Houston Texans' general manager position on Sunday.

Gutekunst, 44, played college football at 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.

Gutekunst has also experience working with coach Mike McCarthy, who received an extension during the season to put him under contract through 2019.

Gutekunst will be entering his 20th season with the Packers. "I'm more focused on the fit of the GM", McCarthy said.

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