The new Packers GM played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse until a shoulder injury cut his college career short.
Gutekunst has spent 19 years working in the Packers' personnel department. He was promoted to director of of college scouting in 2012 and director of player personnel in March of 2016. The Houston Texans flew him in Saturday and planned to interview him for their vacancy on Sunday, but he took the job in Green Bay instead. In previous off seasons Gutekunst has also interviews for management positions in San Francisco and Buffalo.
Gutekunst interned in the Packers' scouting department in the summer of 1997.
Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn't mean it's a bad hire. 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.
Packers president Mark Murphy and coach Mike McCarthy interviewed director of football operations Eliot Wolf on Thursday. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.