Packers name Thompson advisor, search firm will find new GM
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Ted Thompson was named senior advisor for the Green Bay Packers after 13 seasons as general manager and the team will use a search firm to find his replacement, president and CEO Mark Murphy said Tuesday.
“I want to thank Ted for his tireless efforts as the general manager of the Green Bay Packers for these past 13 seasons. Under his guidance, the Packers enjoyed a remarkable run of success, one that included our 13th world championship, four NFC Championship appearances and eight consecutive postseason berths,” said Murphy. “The organization, our fans and our community were fortunate to have had one of the NFL's all-time great general managers leading our football operations. On a personal note, Ted's work ethic, humility and loyalty are nearly unparalleled, and it has been one of the great honors of my life to work beside him. Fortunately, Ted will remain involved in our personnel department as we work to win another championship.”
Head coach Mike McCarthy received a one-year contract extension during the 2017 season and will be retained despite the change in management.
Murphy is defining new roles for current members of the front office, with vice president of football administration Russ Ball, player personnel director Brian Gutenkunst and possibly director of football operations Eliot Wolf expected to have re-defined duties, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
“We have several very strong internal candidates. This is an attractive job and we're going to have a lot of strong candidates,” Murphy said. “I'm confident we'll be able to put the right person in place.”
Thompson will remain general manager and perform any associated duties until a replacement is named.
Part of the Ron Wolf scouting tree that also includes Seahawks general manager John Schneider, Browns general manager John Dorsey and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, Thompson joined the Packers in 1992 as assistant director of pro personnel.
According to ESPN Milwaukee, Schneider is expected to be in consideration if he's interested. However, Schneider's contract could require the Packers to send compensation to the Seahawks in order to hire the GM away from Seattle.
Thompson was hired as the Packers' general manager in 2005, and the team had a 125-82-1 record and won Super Bowl XLV under his watch. Green Bay went a disappointing 7-9 this season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. It was only the fourth time in Thompson's tenure that the Packers didn't reach the postseason.
“This is a special place and we've had some success along the way, but it's the relationships that I value most. I've been fortunate to have worked with many dedicated people throughout the organization and I can't thank Mark Murphy, Mike McCarthy, the football-operations staff and our scouts enough for their friendship and support,” said Thompson. “Additionally, I want to thank every player that has stepped on the field for us. This is the players' game and I appreciate all the sacrifices they have made for the Packers. I look forward to supporting this team in my new role as we strive to win another championship.”