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NFL Notes: 49ers, Broncos, Packers, Raiders

49ers

  • A source tells Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Packers executive Brian Gutekunst has emerged as a more attractive candidate for the 49ers’ GM position than Eliot Wolf based on their interviews.
  • A source tells McGinn: “(Gutekunst) just was really good in the interview. They were really impressed.”

Broncos

  • Cameron Wolfe reports that Broncos WRs coach Tyke Tolbert will stay with the team after he turned down an offer to be the Titans WRs coach.

Packers

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can see John Dorsey returning to Green Bay and becoming the most likely successor to Packers GM Ted Thompson.

Dorsey is under contract through the 2018 season, which happens to be when Thompson’s current deal with the Packers runs out. McGinn writes that this sets up a “perfect scenario” for a return by Dorsey, assuming that he doesn’t sign an extension with the Chiefs.

Sources have told McGinn that Dorsey ranks as one of the lowest-paid GMs in the NFL, so he will be in line for a big raise at some point, considering the success the Chiefs have had since he and Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City.

According to McGinn, Dorsey is regarded now as a “Green Bay guy” by many of his close friends.

McGinn says that there has been speculation that Thompson would retire from his post with the Packers if they were to win another Super Bowl. However, McGinn adds more and more the expectations appear to be that Thompson plans to continue working.

“Ted just has nothing other than football,” said a colleague of Thompson tells McGinn. “I’m not sure what he would do if he left. I’m afraid he would miss this terribly.

Should the Packers reach an agreement with Thompson on a new extension, McGinn mentions that the Chiefs would likely give Dorsey a lucrative new contract and possibly include a clause to prevent him from departing for the Packers’ job.

Others have said it’s possible Thompson could step aside at the end of the year, which could pave the way for Dorsey to return to Green Bay. However, McGinn reports that Dorsey wouldn’t be available now because of his contractual status.

Both Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf have drawn interest for the 49ers’ GM position and there’s reportedly some question as to whether Wolf would like to remain in Green Bay as opposed to broadening his experience by working for another franchise.

Raiders

  • According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Raiders executives told the NFL this week that Goldman Sachs has committed to financing the proposed stadium in Las Vegas with or without an investment from casino executive Sheldon Adelson.
  • Albert Breer reports that the Raiders are promoting assistant Jake Peetz to QBs coach.