That led to speculation that the two teams could pull off a trade if the Packers really wanted Schneider.
They swung for the fences first by requesting to interview Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, but they were turned down.
The 44-year old has been the Director of Player Personnel since March 2016, but he has been with the team for 19 season in the player personnel department. ESPN reported that the Packers also interviewed ex-Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley.More news: Economy set for slowdown in next fiscal
The San Francisco 49ers previously courted Gutekunst as a general manager candidate last offseason.
The man replacing him will come from a similar mold, as the Packers made a decision to give in-house candidate Brian Gutekunst as their new general manager.
By hiring Gutekunst instead of Ball, whom many saw as the odds-on favorite to get the job, the Packers opted to hire a candidate whose background is in player personnel.
Gutekunst attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, playing football for two seasons before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury. Among those who were concerned, the sources said, were McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It has to fit together. He spent his first 13 years with the Packers as a regional college scout and from 2012-2015 he served as the director of college scouting.