Huge news came out of Green Bay today as Mark Murphy announced likely extensions for three major pieces to the Packers front office. The Green Bay Packers have reportedly reached contract extensions with general manager Brian Gutekunst, coach Matt LaFleur and executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball. The terms of these extensions have not been made available to the public yet.
Mark Murphy’s Comments:
Packers president Mark Murphy would not confirm the extensions earlier Monday, but said: “I’ll just say I’m confident not only Matt and Brian but Russ Ball will continue to be Packers’ employees for years to come.” Gutekunst was promoted to GM in 2018, and LaFleur was hired in 2019.
All three are nearing the end of their original contracts as the 2022 season approached. Brian Gutekunst initially signed a five-year contract that was set to expire after the 2022 season. Matt LaFleur originally signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year option in 2019. This will certainly keep him in Green Bay well beyond that initial contract. Russ Ball has been with the Packers since 2008. However he was promoted to his current role — which includes managing the salary cap — in 2018. He was also was nearing the end of his deal.
All Three Have Earned Their Extensions:
Matt Lafleur has an outstanding 41-13 (including playoffs) record in his three years as the Packers head coach. Brian Gutekunst has absolutely killed major parts of the draft. Rashan Gary, Jaire Alexander, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darnell Savage, Elgton Jenkins, AJ Dillon, Erick Stokes, and Josh Myers are just some of the great talent he has brought to Green Bay. Russ Ball certainly showed just how good he is this off-season by bringing the Packers from the second worst salary cap in the NFL, to the fifth best.
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