GREEN BAY (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers have made it official: the team will transition Ted Thompson out of the role of General Manager and into a role as "senior adviser to football operations."
You can watch a 1 p.m. press conference with Packers President Mark Murphy here.
“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,” Thompson said. “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 took over as general manager in 2005. Under his leadership, the Packers made nine playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl in 2010.
Thompson's first Draft pick in 2005 was quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The rest is history.
The Packers finished the 2017 season 7-9. It's the team's first losing season since 2008.
“I want to thank Ted for his tireless efforts as the general manager of the Green Bay Packers for these past 13 seasons. Under his guidance, the Packers enjoyed a remarkable run of success, one that included our 13th world championship, four NFC Championship appearances and eight consecutive postseason berths,” said Mark Murphy, Packers President/CEO. “The organization, our fans and our community were fortunate to have had one of the NFL’s all-time great general managers leading our football operations. On a personal note, Ted’s work ethic, humility and loyalty are nearly unparalleled, and it has been one of the great honors of my life to work beside him. Fortunately, Ted will remain involved in our personnel department as we work to win another championship. We will begin an immediate search for the next general manager of the Green Bay Packers.”
Thompson's replacement may already be at 1265 Lombardi. All these executives are considered strong candidates:
- Vice President of Football Operations Russ Ball
- Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf
- Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst
- Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith
Wolf and Gutenkunst have both interviewed for general manager jobs in the last few years.
On the coaching side, the Packers fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers and parted ways with some of his assistants.
It appears it will be a busy off-season filling jobs in Titletown.