Packers GM Ted Thompson scores new multiyear contact
The man who helped put together a string of successful teams has been rewarded for his efforts.
Ted Thompson gets his just due.
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By Sid Saraf
Job well done, Ted Thompson.
The Packers' Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations has received a new multiyear contract, the team announced on Wednesday.
"I'm pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a press release. "His outstanding work has been the key factor in the success that we've enjoyed in recent years. I have tremendous respect for Ted, and am confident that we will continue to contend for championships under his leadership."
Success is definitely a word that applies to the Packers under Thompson's leadership. The team has racked up three straight NFC North titles (four total) and a win in Super Bowl XLV during the 10 years he's run the team. The Packers are also one of two teams -- the Patriots being the other -- that has appeared in the playoffs in the past five seasons.
"The more you think about it, the more you think how nuts are you that you'd walk away from something like this," Thompson told reporters. "To get a chance to continue to do that after you put all the chips on the table, there's very little choice there. I want to be here."
Thompson's new contract is just another notch in a prolific career in professional football. He played 10 years in the NFL as a linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975-84 before staying in the game as an executive. He worked in the Packers' personnel department in the 90s before a four-year stint as the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of football operations. He came back to Green Bay in 2005.
The team did not release terms, and Thompson declined to say the length of the new deal.
Extending coach Mike McCarthy's contract appears to be the next decision.
Both the general manager and coach last signed extensions in 2011, within about a month after the Packers won the Super Bowl.
"Big priority. It's been the plan the whole time," Thompson said about an extension for McCarthy. "The way the organization is set up ... it's the way it's always been done here. The general manager kind of gets put away and then you do the head coach."
Thompson, 61, took over in 2005; McCarthy was hired in January 2006.
"We anticipate each other's thoughts often, which might drive both of us crazy sometimes, but I think it's working well and has worked well," Thompson said.
Thompson missed the NFL meetings in March for a personal matter. He appeared energized last week in addressing the annual Packers shareholders meeting.
He might make a few more short trips home to go see family in his home state of Texas, though Thompson had no plans to delegate authority. He professed a continued love for scouting.
Thompson doesn't have a timeline for how much longer he wants to work.