According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, there’s speculation going around that former 49ers GM Trent Baalke could join the Packers’ front office at some point.
The Packers could end losing director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to the 49ers, as numerous reports have said that Gutekunst is the front-runner for the 49ers’ GM vacancy to replace Baalke.
In fact, Gutekunst is one of three remaining candidates to schedule a follow-up interview for with the 49ers for next week.
McGinn mentions that Baalke is close friends with Packers GM Ted Thompson and grew up in Wisconsin, so Green Bay could be looking to bolster their front office should lose another key executive to a GM job.
A report from last month suggested that the Broncos could also be landing spot for Baalke. However, there hasn’t been any updates regarding the idea since then.
Baalke, 52, began working for the Jets as a personnel scout in 1998 before joining the Redskins 2001. After four years in Washington, Baalke was hired as the 49ers’ Western region scout and worked his way up to general manager. He spent six years in the position but was just recently fired after another disappointing season.
Baalke was named Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association back in 2011 after the team won 13 games.
During his tenure with the 49ers, the team produced a record of 57-31-1, which includes three playoff appearances and a conference title in 2012.