Murphy, speaking to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport at the league meetings, said the organization’s structure dictates the order of doing business.
“The way we’re structured, football reports through Ted,” Murphy said. “And then everything reports up through me, so the first step would be to extend Ted, then he would in turn enter in an extension for Mike.”
Thompson’s contract runs through the 2016 NFL Draft, while McCarthy’s current deal is set to expire after the 2015 season.
Murphy’s choice of language indicates that discussions are already under way for a new deal for Thompson, though he wouldn’t confirm it to Rapoport.
Thompson has been the Packers general manager since January 2005, when he replaced Mike Sherman—who remained on as head coach.
After the 2005 season and a 4-12 record, Thompson fired Sherman and brought in McCarthy, who had been the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
The 61-year-old Thompson played 10 years in the NFL as a linebacker, earning a spot with the Houston Oilers as an undrafted free agent in 1975 and playing with them through the 1984 season. He worked for the Packers under Ron Wolf from 1992-99 before he was recruited to join former Packers coach Mike Holmgren in the front office of the Seattle Seahawks.