There shouldn’t be any general manager openings in the NFL right now, but the Buffalo Bills don’t do things like a normal NFL organization.
The Bills purged their front office and scouting department immediately following the draft. In firing former general manager Doug Whaley, there now is a GM opening in the league and, as expected, the Bills are looking at someone in the Green Bay Packers front office to potentially fill that opening — director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2017
Gutekunst interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this year for their GM spot, which ultimately went to John Lynch. Although he was said to be the leading candidate, Gutekunst — along with Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf — withdrew his name from consideration.
That reportedly came with a nice raise from the Packers.
Like the 49ers’ situation, the Bills’ situation is a bit of a cluster. Both teams have/had a head coach in place. In San Francisco, the 49ers had a deal in place with Kyle Shanahan before they hired their GM. In Buffalo, the GM will be inheriting Sean McDermott, who replaced Rex Ryan following the season.
Most general managers will want to bring in their own coach, but these two organizations have decided to do things the opposite way.
That said, Buffalo could potentially be a more desirable gig. Although you’d have to deal with New England twice a year, the Bills are more competitive than San Francisco and the owner seemingly isn’t as meddlesome.
Gutekunst will have competition for the job, however. The Bills are bringing Carolina Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane back for a second interview this week.