Ted Thompson Takes on New Role with Packers, Vacates GM Position

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Green Bay Packers executive vice president and general manager Ted Thompson speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers will search for a new general manager after Ted Thompson was named senior advisor to football operations.

The Packers confirmed the news Tuesday after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the change Monday.

Thompson said in a statement:

"It's been a great honor to serve as the Green Bay Packers' general manager for the past 13 years. 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. 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."

Thompson had been the team's general manager, executive vice president and director of football operations since 2005. Green Bay has accumulated a 125-82-1 record in the 13 seasons with him at the helm, including a Super Bowl title after the 2010 season.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN provided clarity of the team's structure:

Chris Mortensen @mortreport

Ted Thompson will not return as the GM of the Green Bay Packers but will remain with the team. The front office will go through a reorganization with team president Mark Murphy defining new roles for current members of front office, per league and team sources.

Rapoport also noted internal candidates Brian Gutekunst, Eliot Wolf and Russ Ball will get consideration as part of a wider search for a general manager.

The Packers finished 2017 with a 7-9 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. It was only the fourth time in Thompson's tenure Green Bay didn't reach the postseason.

While the injury to Aaron Rodgers was the primary cause of the team's struggles, his absence revealed an overdependence on him and a lot of ensuing question marks about the roster.

With Green Bay also firing defensive coordinator Dom Capers on Monday, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, this appears to be only the start of a massive shake-up within the organization.


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