August 3, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson (left) talks with head coach Mike McCarthy prior to the family night scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ted Thompson Extension A Green Bay Packers Priority


Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy said last week at the annual financial meeting that getting general manager Ted Thompson’s contract extended is a top priority for the organization.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Thompson’s contract expires after the NFL draft in 2016.

“It’s a top priority,” Murphy said. “Ted has been instrumental.”

Thompson took over as general manager in 2005 after Mike Sherman was relieved of GM duties.

After the Packers went 4-12 in 2005, Thompson fired Sherman as head coach and brought in Mike McCarthy, who had been offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers for one season, as his new head coach.

Thompson’s first draft pick was California quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

So yeah, those moves have sorta worked out.

The Packers are 86-57-1 since Thompson came on board and are 6-4 in the postseason, including winning four straight away from Lambeau Field in the 2010 playoffs to capture the franchise’s third Super Bowl title.

Green Bay has made the postseason in six of nine seasons that Thompson has been with the franchise, including each of the last five.

Thompson, a former NFL linebacker, turned a shot as an undrafted free agent for Bum Phillips’ first team with the Houston Oilers into a 10-year NFL career as a backup linebacker and special teams ace.

After leaving the NFL as a player, Thompson came to Green Bay as an executive in 1992 when Ron Wolf hired him as assistant director of pro personnel in 1992. After one year in that post, he was promoted to director of pro personnel in 1993 and to director of player personnel in 1997.

When coach Mike Holmgren left the Packers to become coach/GM of the Seattle Seahawks in 1999, he only waited a year before bringing Thompson on as vice president of football operations, where Thompson ran the scouting department and the team’s draft boards.

Thompson remained in Seattle until returning to Green Bay as GM.

As long as Thompson wants to stay on the job, he ought to be afforded that opportunity. The Packers have been one of the NFL’s most successful teams over the last decade—a perennial contender—despite annually having one of the youngest rosters in the league.

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