The man who drafted Aaron Rodgers and helped the team transition seemlessly from Brett Favre has been given an extension by the team.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy announced on the team’s website that General Manager Ted Thompson had agreed to an extension with the defending NFC North Champions.
“I’m pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted,” Murphy said. “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 took over the GM position from Mike Sherman in 2005. His first draft netted Pro Bowler Nick Collins and future 2011 NFL MVP and Superbowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers. Under Thompson the Packers have made 5 consecutive playoff appearances, have won 4 division titles and have a .611 winning percentage.
“I was asked that question a lot, how long are you going to go? I think I’ll just let it play itself out. It seems to me a lot of people can be very productive late in life. I feel pretty energized to keep going,” Thompson said. “I feel great. This place means a lot to me.”
The Packers went 8-7-1 in 2013, beating the Chicago Bears for the NFC North title in the final week of the season. The Packers would lose to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round of the 2013-14 playoffs.