Even though Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has two years left on his current deal, team CEO Mark Murphy would like to keep their partnership going.
Speaking to the ESPN.com's Jason Wilde (h/t Wisconsin State Journal), Murphy said his relationship with Thompson is as strong as it has ever been.
“Ted and I, we have a great relationship. As long as he wants to continue to work, and he’s still doing a good job — and I think he still does a great job for us — we want him to continue to be our general manager," he said. "At a point he decides he doesn’t want to do it anymore for whatever reason, then we would do a search.”
Thompson signed a three-year extension with the Packers in 2014 that keeps him under contract with the team through the 2018 season.
The 64-year-old has reportedly been considering retirement. Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard reported prior to Week 17 last season that Thompson was "preparing to step aside ... sooner rather than later" with Eliot Wolf, who is Green Bay's director of football operations, taking over as general manager.
Thompson started his career with the Packers as assistant director of pro personnel in 1992. He took over as general manager in 2005 after spending the previous five seasons as the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of football operations.
Under Thompson's leadership, the Packers have made nine playoff appearances, including a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.