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49ers impressed with Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst, per report

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Two of the Packers' top front-office executives reportedly did well in their interviews with 49ers brass.

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If the Green Bay Packers lose a top member of the front office in the near future, it increasingly appears as though that executive will land within the Bay Area. According to NFL Media's Michael Silver, San Francisco 49ers came away impressed after interviewing Green Bay's Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst late last week.

After firing their general manager and head coach, the 49ers have a clean slate to offer potential suitors to both positions. That means candidates such as Wolf and Gutekunst could wield considerable power in the organization should they land the job. At the same time, the specter of Jed York hangs over the job, apparently enough to convince other candidates not to even take the meeting.

Regardless, Wolf and Gutekunst did interview with the 49ers and apparently performed well. Silver believes they have become the “leading contenders” for the 49ers job. That could leave the Packers without one of their top executives at a time when the future of general manager Ted Thompson remains shrouded in mystery.

In addition to Wolf and Gutekunst, San Francisco has interviewed or plans to meet with the Indianapolis Colts' Jimmy Raye III, the Minnesota Vikings' George Paton, the Seattle Seahawks' Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, the Carolina Panthers' Brandon Beane, and ESPN's Louis Riddick.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. He covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.