But that's a moot point now that the Packers have their man in Gutekunst, who had been Green Bay's director of player personnel since 2016 and has been in the Packers' organization since 1998.
Thompson had been the team's GM since 2005 and will assume a role of senior advisor to football operations.
The move was likely spurred by the Houston Texans' interest in Gutekunst. 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.
Green Bay has hired Brian Gutekunst as its new general manager, which will end rumors of the Packers being interested in Seahawks general manager John Schneider. He was promoted to director of player personnel for the Packers back in March of 2016 and has spent almost two decades in the team's front office.
The San Francisco 49ers previously courted Gutekunst as a general manager candidate last offseason.
They swung for the fences first by requesting to interview Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, but they were turned down. Gutekunst reportedly beat out two other internal candidates for the title.
Gutekunst will be entering his 20th season with the Packers. Gutekunst was in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay, so it can not be ruled out that he will be promoted to general manager.