Major decision not an easy one for Brian Gutekunst

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Major decision not an easy one for Brian Gutekunst

GREEN BAY – One of the Brian Gutekunst’s first decisions as the Packers’ general manager undoubtedly will go down as one of his most difficult.

Gutekunst, entering his third month on the job, chose to part ways with veteran receiver Jordy Nelson on the eve of free agency Tuesday. A second-round pick in 2008, the former walk-on safety at Kansas State was a staple of the Packers’ passing offense for the past decade and finishes his run in Green Bay as the third all-time leading receiver in franchise history.

The choice to part with the 10-year veteran wasn’t easy. Over the past few days, however, Gutekunst and his front office felt it was a necessary evil as the Packers looked to manage their salary cap and build towards the 2018 season.

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