Green Bay Packers general manager and executive vice president Ted Thompson solidified his future Wednesday by signing an extension to remain at the helm.
According to Vic Ketchman of Packers.com, Thompson inked a multi-year extension worth an undisclosed amount, which will conceivably allow him to continue constructing Green Bay's perennial playoff team for years to come.
Thompson became the Packers' GM in 2005 and was a driving force behind their Super Bowl XLV triumph in 2010. Also, Green Bay has reached the playoffs in five consecutive years and has won three straight NFC North crowns.
That has help Thompson gain a great deal of respect, and Packers president Mark Murphy is confident that Thompson is the right person to steer the Pack to another title, per Ketchman:
I'm pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted. 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.
Thompson has put a ton of talent in place during his time with the Packers, who are considered Super Bowl contenders once again in 2014. With the likes of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy and wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb leading one of the NFL's most explosive offenses, Thompson admitted that he is in an ideal situation:
Mark Murphy and I have had ongoing conversations. 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 of the chips on the table, there's very little choice.
Now that he is secure, perhaps the next order of business on the 61-year-old general manager's agenda relates to head coach Mike McCarthy. Thompson hired McCarthy in 2006 and they have meshed well, according to the Packers' official Twitter account:
Thompson on Mike McCarthy: I think we have a very good working relationship. We anticipate each other's thoughts often.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) July 30, 2014
Since Thompson no longer has to worry about his own future, the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Todd McMahon is of the belief that a McCarthy extension could be forthcoming:
Multiyear contract extension for #Packers GM Ted Thompson beyond '16 sets stage to extend coach Mike McCarthy, whose deal is up after '15.— Todd McMahon (@ToddMcMahon23) July 30, 2014
Is extending Thompson the right move for the Packers?
That would certainly make sense considering the success that Thompson and McCarthy have enjoyed as a duo. They owe much of that to the play of Rodgers, but it takes more than one person for an organization to excel in the NFL.
There is no question that the Packers have some deficiencies, particularly on defense, but the high-end talent is quite apparent as well. Having won a Super Bowl and made the playoffs with such regularity, Thompson has earned the benefit of the doubt.
He has a definite vision and plan for Green Bay moving forward, so locking him up is a wise decision on the Packers' part. Having that kind of stability at the top is a huge asset for any organization. For a team as talented as Green Bay, it promises to lead to further success.
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