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Buffalo Bills interviewing Brian Gutekunst for general manager job, per report

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The current Packers director of player personnel has worked for the club in different capacities since 1998.

Another candidate has apparently emerged in the the Buffalo Bills search to find a new team general manager. The Bills will reportedly interview Brian Gutekunst, the director of player personnel for the Green Bay Packers, for their vacant general manager position on Monday.

Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne first hinted that the Bills might have interested in Gutekunst, suggesting that in his opinion, the Packers executive should be the team’s top choice to fill the job.

And NFL Network’s Ian Rapport reports that the Bills do in fact plan to meet with Gutekunst.

Gutekunst began working for the Packers in 1998, and he’s also spent time that year working as a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs. In all, he has nearly two decades of NFL personnel experience. He spent his first 13 seasons with Green Bay as its college scout, before then serving as the team’s director of college scouting (2012-2015), and then being promoted to his current job as director of player personnel.

Both Dunne and Rapport mention that Gutekunst is highly regarded around the league. According to Rapport, the current Packers executive was the favorite candidate for the recently-vacant San Francisco 49ers general manager job before it was awarded to John Lynch.

Adding to Gutekunst’s appeal as a prospective GM is the great respect that teams have for his current employer. The Packers have failed to make the playoffs just five times since 1998, and there’s been been a plethora of former team executives who have gone on to find success after leaving to pursue other opportunities with other franchises.

While it does sound like Gutekunst stands a pretty good chance as being named the new general manager of the Bills, he’ll have to make up ground fast as the team is reportedly bringing in Carolina Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane for a second interview. With both Gutekunst and Beane both making news on Monday, it sounds that the Bills vacant GM job will not be open for much longer.