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G.M. Ted Thompson Signs Multi-Year Extension with Green Bay Packers

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G.M. Ted Thompson Signs Multi-Year Extension with Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers general manager by Brian Carriveau—

Green Bay Packers general manager by Brian Carriveau—

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed a multi-year extension with the organization on Wednesday.

"Mark Murphy and I had some ongoing conversations, general-type conversations, but I felt very appreciated by the organization, and I'm honored to work in this position with such fine people," said Thompson. "And the more you think about it, the more you think 'How nuts are you to walk away from something like this?'

"It's important to me. It's not my family, but I've got a lot, a lot of really good friends here and co-workers that I enjoy coming to work with every day that it's life. But it's life on an exaggerated scale. You're playing in the NFL, and you're trying to win and compete at the NFL level and that is so hard to do. And to get a chance to continue to do that after you put all the chips on the table, there's very little choice there."

Thompson's contract was reportedly set to expire after the 2016 NFL Draft prior to extension.

An extension for Thompson comes on the heels of five consecutive playoff appearances and three consecutive NFC North division titles.

Even though Thompson's biggest accomplishment came three years ago, he has a world championship to his credit, winning Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season.

“I’m pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted,” said Packers president Mark Murphy. “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.”

Now that the Packers have extended Thompson, the next in line would seem to be head coach Mike McCarthy, which Murphy said wouldn't happen until Thompson was extended first.

Under the chain of command, Murphy worked on extending Thompson, and Thompson on turn will be responsible for contract negotiations with Mike McCarthy.

"(It's) a big priority, and it's been the plan the whole time," said Thompson. "The way the organization is set up, obviously, I'm not giving any trade secrets away, but it's the way it's always been done here that the general manager kind of gets put away then you do the head coach."

McCarthy's contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

At 61 years old, Thompson said he sees no end to his tenure in sight, saying he'll let it play itself out.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

Great news. I don't always agree with every Packer move, but it's hard to disagree with 5 straight Playoffs, 3 straight NFC North Titles and a Lombardi Trophy.

The TKstinator's picture

You beat me to it! Well put.

RCPackerFan's picture

Yeah, this is a great move.

Glad they got it done.

lebowski's picture

The man has definitely earned it, looking forward to reading about McCarthy's extension soon.

4thand1's picture

Cow is banging his head against the basement wall in his mom's house. I'm sure he calls it the Bear's den or purple people cave.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Want an on the record of Cow wrongness? He was mad at the Packers for not drafting Marcus Lattimore. Yes really.

Icebowler's picture

It's been obvious that Ted has been well regarded around the league by the number of his lieutenants who have been gobbled up by other teams. I just hope complacency doesn't set in. I don't think it will, but I just wish other teams would leave our front office alone for awhile. If Ted believes in MM, then let's go for it.

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