Ted Thompson a Master Manager? The Green Bay Packers Think So

J FCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson celebrates after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Packers have announced that they've rewarded their General Manager Ted Thompson with a long-term contract extension. While the terms have not yet been made public, the deal was made back in December and will add a few more years to the six Thompson has already spent in Green Bay.

Even though the Packers didn't know they'd be Super Bowl champs back in December, they knew that Thompson had constructed a young, deep team that is thriving with talent. He earned the extension by sticking to his personal philosophies, developing future stars from the draft and not diving too deep in the free agent pool.

What was thought by most to be a terrible mistake at the time—trading Brett Favre, a future Hall of Fame quarterback—is now one of the most genius and gutsy moves in the history of the business.

Thompson knew that he had a young star QB waiting behind Favre, and he would have no more of the legend's retirement indecision nonsense. It's fair to say that Thompson has had the last laugh, and Favre is drowning in an ocean of regret.

Now after taking shot after shot from the media and fans, Thompson will be sticking around Titletown for a while longer. I am sure watching Rodgers rewarded the Super Bowl MVP and winning the Lombardi was way more gratifying than any new contract.

TT has established himself as the amazing architect of the new Green Bay Packers and the master manager of the team at the top of the NFL.

Thompson now knows having the 32nd pick in the draft is just as nice as picking first.