Green Bay Packers extend the contracts of head coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice-president Russ Ball, source says

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have quietly reached contract extensions with general manager Brian Gutekunst, coach Matt LaFleur and executive vice president/chief football operations officer Russ Ball this offseason, a report said Monday. league source to ESPN.

Packers chairman Mark Murphy did not confirm the extensions earlier Monday, but said: “I will simply say that I am confident that not only Matt and Brian, but Russ Ball will continue to be employees of Packers for coming years.” Gutekunst was promoted to general manager in 2018 and LaFleur was hired in 2019.

Both were nearing the end of their initial contracts heading into the 2022 season. Gutekunst originally signed a five-year contract which was due to expire after this season. LaFleur originally signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year option. Ball has been with the Packers since 2008 but was promoted to his current position – which includes managing the salary cap – in 2018, so he was also nearing the end of his contract.

Murphy praised the work of all three during his speech Monday at the Packers shareholder meeting at Lambeau Field.

This isn’t the first time the Packers haven’t announced a contract extension for a key member of their football operation. They gave then-coach Mike McCarthy a one-year extension before the end of the 2017 season, but never acknowledged it (McCarthy was fired after the 2018 season).

The deals for Gutekunst, LaFleur and Ball were completed earlier this offseason, well before the Packers returned for training camp this week, the source said.

“I prefer to keep [contract extensions] internal, but obviously you can see it from my comments [to the shareholders] that I feel like they’re doing an amazing job,” Murphy said.

The Packers are 45-19-1 since Gutekunst replaced Ted Thompson. That includes a 39-10 record under LaFleur. That record surpassed George Seifert (who was 38-10 from 1989 to 1991) for most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons. The Packers reached the NFC Championship Game twice and lost once in the Divisional Round, but did not make a Super Bowl appearance in the Gutekunst-LaFleur era. Murphy hired both Gutekunst and LaFleur. Both report directly to him, but Gutekunst and Ball were part of LaFleur’s hiring process.

Murphy publicly supported Gutekunst last offseason when the general manager was at the center of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ unhappiness with the organization. Rodgers and Gutekunst have since mended their working relationship to the point where Rodgers praised Gutekunst uninvited several times last season and this offseason.

One of Gutekunst’s biggest moves was trading quarterback Jordan Love for 26th overall in 2020. Love is entering his third season as a backup to Rodgers, and it’s still unclear if Love will one day take over from Rodgers, who signed a three-way deal. year, $150 million extension in March.

The terms of the extensions were not immediately available.

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