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Eliot Wolf pulls name from 49ers GM search

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The 49ers are down to two GM finalists, with a third possible option.

The San Francisco 49ers general manager search has lost another candidate. Green Bay Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf has removed his name from consideration, according to USA Today NFL reporter Tom Pelissero. He also tweeted that Wolf received a new contract with the Packers. Odds are decent he is viewed as the successor to Ted Thompson.

The 49ers GM search had been narrowed down to Wolf, Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst, and Vikings assistant GM George Paton, with Matt Maiocco reporting Cardinals VP of player personnel Terry McDonough was also believed to be under finalist consideration. The team has submitted interview requests to the various teams, and will work to schedule the interviews next week when they also meet with Kyle Shanahan.

There have been numerous reports that Gutekunst is the front-runner for the job. Albert Breer tweeted on Wednesday that Shanahan had gotten good feedback about Gutekunst. It is possible Wolf realizes he won’t get the job, but if the Packers also promised him the GM job when Thompson retires, it might have made the decision easier.