Ball serves as the team's vice president of football administration and player finance. He has been in the Packers front office for 10 years.
Packers Wire's Zach Kruse speculated Ball's ties to the team could aid him in his quest to become the team's general manager:
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McCarthy said he'll be involved in the GM search, and he keeps talking about "fit" and "partnership" in finding the next GM. He couldn't ask for a better fit or partnership than one with Ball, his colleague and friend since 1993.2018-1-4 17:24:51
owever, the reality may be the opposite. Packers beat writer Bob McGinn (h/t Jason B. Hirschhorn of SB Nation's Acme Packing Company) reported head coach Mike McCarthy's relationship with Ball has worsened in recent years. Were the Packers to hire Ball as their GM, McCarthy would consider leaving Green Bay altogether.
ESPN.com's Jason Wilde also reported that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may not be on board with hiring Ball, either:
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.@JasonJWilde to @GregScalzo and @TJ_Hogan11: I had also heard that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t like the idea at all of Russ Ball being the GM… #Packers #Podcast: https://t.co/8ycALFyrpg https://t.co/nH3SLCodHl2018-1-5 20:16:15
he potential pitfalls behind potentially angering Rodgers largely go without saying. He's the Packers' most irreplaceable player, and he only has two years remaining on his contract.
In the event Ball's promotion was the final straw for McCarthy, the timing of his departure would create massive headaches as well, since Green Bay fired offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and defensive coordinator Dom Capers. The Packers would have to fill out the three most important positions on its coaching staff in the same offseason.