Gutekunst takes aggressive approach

Brian Gutekunst is the Packers new general manager.

Green Bay (AP) - The Green Bay Packers have officially promoted Brian Gutekunst to general manager. The news broke Sunday, and the Packers introduced him Monday afternoon.

He was the team's player personnel director the last two seasons. He succeeds Ted Thompson, who is staying with the organization as a senior adviser.

The Packers said Monday that Gutekunst will have complete control over all roster decisions, including the draft and free agency.

Gutekunst has been with the organization for nearly two decades after being hired in 1998 by former GM and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.

The Packers fell to 7-9 in an injury-plagued 2017 season, finishing with a losing record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

The team also promoted Russ Ball to executive vice president/director of football operations. Ball has been the salary cap expert and chief contract negotiator as the team's vice president of football administration/player finance.

Green Bay doesn't have a reputation for spending money on free agents, but Gutekunst hinted that might change in the future.

"I will lead in my own personality. Probably a little bit more aggressive in certain areas," Gutekunst said. "We're not going to leave any stone unturned as far as every avenue of player acquisition. Doesn't mean we're going to always get to the finish and actually sign the guy. But we're going to go through the entire process and be in on every possible acquisition."

The Packers are still searching for a defensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator, and several other assistant coaches.