Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers Extend GM Ted Thompson

Mark Murphy got his man.

The Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday they have signed general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear extension.

Terms of the deal were not announced. The team announced the signing via their website.

Murphy, the club’s CEO, said earlier this year that signing Thompson to a new deal was a priority. Thompson’s old contract was set to expire after the 2015 NFL Draft.

“Mark Murphy and I have had ongoing conversations,” Thompson said. “I felt very appreciated by the organization and honored to work with such fine people. The more you think about it the more you wonder how nuts are you to walk away from something like this? After you put all the chips on the table, there’s very little choice.

“I was asked that question a lot, how long are you going to go? I think I’ll just let it play itself out. It seems to me a lot of people can be very productive late in life. I feel pretty energized to keep going. I feel great. This place means a lot to me.”

The 61-year-old Thompson played 10 years in the NFL as a linebacker/special teams player for the old Houston Oilers and began his career as an NFL executive in 1992 as assistant director of pro personnel for the Packers.

Thompson served as director of pro personnel from 1993-97 and director of player personnel from 1997-99 before leaving Green Bay to join former Packers coach Mike Holmgren with the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent 2000-04 as vice president of football operations.

Thompson returned to Green Bay as general manager in 2005. The Packers are 86-57-1 and have made the playoffs six times in his nine seasons, including the last five in a row.

The Packers have also captured the franchise’s fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy on Thompson’s watch, following the 2010 season.

Entering his 10th season, Thompson is now the longest tenured GM/personnel decision maker for the Packers since Lombardi held the GM title from 1959-68.

Thompson said the franchise’s next priority will be to get an extension for head coach Mike McCarthy, who Thompson hired prior to his second season in Green Bay in 2006.

“It’s a big priority,” Thompson said. “It’s always been the way it’s been done here, the general manager gets done (first).”

McCarthy has an 82-49-1 mark in eight seasons as head coach.

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