Jason Cole of B/R reports that Packers executive Eliot Wolf’s decision to interview for the 49ers’ GM position could start the process of changes for Green Bay’s front office this offseason.
Cole says while the 49ers may not offer their GM job to Wolf or even accept the position if it’s offered to him, many around the league believe he will succeed Ted Thompson as the Packers’ next GM.
According to Cole, there’s potential for the Packers to make a change now with an eye toward the future, even though Thompson is still viewed as an excellent executive.
For what has been a very stable franchise over the years, there has been quite a bit of talk about the team’s succession plan in recent months.
Wolf appears to have serious interest from the 49ers, as Mike Silver mentioned yesterday that he and fellow Packers’ executive Brian Gutekunst are the leading contenders for their GM job at this point in time.
Last weekend, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Chiefs GM John Dorsey has also emerged as a potential successor to Thompson in Green Bay, considering his ties to the team and the fact that he’ll be entering the final year of his contract next season.
The Packers have a number of notable internal candidates to consider as replacements for Thompson including Wolf, Gutekunst, VP of Football Administration Russ Ball and Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith.
Thompson, 63, took over as Packers’ general manager back in 2005 and has led the team to a record of 118-73-1 over the course of 12 seasons. This includes eight playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title back in 2010.
We’ll have more regarding the Packers as the news is available.