Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst is learning a new facet of his new job at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando; running from one meeting to another…and another.
But as for the other facets of the job, i.e. building a team, Gutey seems to have that down, displaying an affinity for free agency at a level unfamiliar in Green Bay.
“I think he used the term aggressive but I think it’s more that we are more active,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “We’ve made a couple, pretty major decisions both in terms of releasing some players or allowing players to leave in free agency and obviously a few signings and a trade as well. I’m very pleased with what Brian has been doing.”
Browns GM John Dorsey worked with Gutey for 14 seasons in Green Bay; so no surprise that they worked together on the first trade for the rookie GM.
The Packers trading former first round pick Damarious Randall for Deshone Kizer, and a swap of 4th and 5th round draft picks in April.
This was not a case of a friend helping a friend, because as far as Dorsey is concerned, Gutey doesn’t need any help.
“I think everybody in Packer nation should know and understand he’s a very passionate, driven man,” Dorsey told WBAY-TV Sports Director Chris Roth on Monday. “And he’s always one of those guys that’s willing to work in a collaborative effort in terms of keeping everybody together and keeping the team solely focused on one objective, and that is to win games.”
It was first reported after the trade that the Browns would move Randall to safety right away after he played cornerback his 3 seasons with the Packers.
Dorsey would not commit to that move on Monday.
“I think what we are going to do is put him in the best position possible. It may not be safety. We may wait until OTAs but I think when he played free safety at the college level, he showed a high degree of success and I think that truly is his natural position. But now that comes down to the coaching staff and the ability to teach he either the corner or the safety position. You’d like to get the best players out on the field.”
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