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Mark Murphy: Extending Ted Thompson’s deal “a top priority”

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Ted Thompson is entering his 10th season as the Packers’ General Manager.

And according to Packers president Mark Murphy, the club would like Thompson’s service to extend well into a second decade in Green Bay.

According to Fox Sports Wisconsin and other media outlets, Murphy said Thursday that a new contract for the 61-year-old Thompson was “a top priority” for the franchise.

Thompson’s current deal is believed to run through 2016, according to Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.

The Packers have made the playoffs five seasons in a row, winning the Super Bowl in 2010.

“Ted’s been instrumental in the run we’ve had,” Murphy said Thursday, per Packers.com.

Murphy has previously indicated a new deal for Thompson would come before a new contract for head coach Mike McCarthy, whose deal runs out after the 2015 campaign.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Jul 10, 2014 6:51 PM

    This is why Rick Spielman is a better GM than Ted Thompson:

    Rick Spielman has drafted 61 players since he took over the draft room in 2006, eight of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players since he took over the draft room in 2005, only seven of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spiel man & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.

    Once again proving the Minnesota Vikings superior.

  2. jimmysee says: Jul 10, 2014 6:57 PM

    The organization is a reflection of the man at the top!

    Ted learned well from his teacher, Ron Wolf.

  3. txbearmeat says: Jul 10, 2014 7:05 PM

    Ted is an old school scout. You can question his DL picks. But most positions (including the most important one) he is money on.

  4. stellarperformance says: Jul 10, 2014 7:06 PM

    Ted may not be the best GM, but he is certainly one of the best.

  5. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 10, 2014 7:16 PM

    Go ahead Vikings fans, brag about your Pro Bowl selections, which mean nothing to the game itself.

    I’ll brag about the Super Bowls we’ve won, that actually means something!

    Get the extension Ted, and let’s get that 14th World Championship!

  6. ariani1985 says: Jul 10, 2014 7:34 PM

    Ted Thompson and 1st round busts go together like bees and honey!

  7. seahawksfansince2013 says: Jul 10, 2014 7:39 PM

    Doesn’t matter how good a gm the packers have cause the NFC is gonna be ruled by the Seahawks for the next 10 years.. #12thmanisheretostay #superbowlchamps #beginningofadynasty

  8. onbucky96 says: Jul 10, 2014 7:39 PM

    Ted looks rough, not sure he’d want to stick around a few more years.

  9. uwsptke says: Jul 10, 2014 7:53 PM

    McCarthy’s deal runs through the end of the 2015 season, while Thompson’s deal runs through the 2016 draft (just a couple of months apart).

  10. johnnyb612 says: Jul 10, 2014 7:56 PM

    Good news. Ted has sort of grown on me over the years. Real good at running the draft room and an excellent evaluator of talent (except for drafting DL of course). It’s nice to not have to worry who’s calling the shots with the roster. And mike McCarthy is a better coach than he’s given credit for I believe.

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 10, 2014 7:59 PM

    Unlike Spieldope, Thompson doesn’t need tons of first round picks to hit on a player!

    Eddie Lacy, David Bakhtiari, Mike Daniels, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Josh Sitton, Brad Jones. Thompson has found talet beyond first round picks (and several talented undrafted players!)

    The Vikings can only find talent in Round 1, but the Packers utilize talent from the entire draft!

  12. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 10, 2014 8:09 PM

    Seriously, do you people really think Ted Thompson is the only guy who could do that job? Besides Rodgers, who was a no-brainer when you have an old quarterback who was threatening retirement, who has he drafted who has been that great? Forget about trades or free agents. He should be fired for how he mismanaged the backup quarterback situation last year.

  13. veence69 says: Jul 10, 2014 8:26 PM

    And every Lions, Bears and Vikings fan couldn’t be happier. Ted Thompson will be drafting 1st round busts and fragile athletes for years to come..

  14. stellarperformance says: Jul 10, 2014 9:13 PM

    veence69 says:
    Jul 10, 2014 8:26 PM
    And every Lions, Bears and Vikings fan couldn’t be happier. Ted Thompson will be drafting 1st round busts and fragile athletes for years to come..
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    How does a comment like this speak of your own teams?? The Packers own the division. And if they did it with first round busts, you must dread the day the picks start hitting. Well this is the year and you better get ready.

  15. copack20 says: Jul 10, 2014 9:16 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jul 10, 2014 6:51 PM
    This is why Rick Spielman is a better GM than Ted Thompson:

    Rick Spielman has drafted 61 players since he took over the draft room in 2006, eight of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players since he took over the draft room in 2005, only seven of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spiel man & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.

    Once again proving the Minnesota Vikings superior.
    —————————————————–

    Your head must hurt from trying to stir up this logic.

    Fact Check Time:
    1) If you’re going to compare apples-to-apples let’s look at how each of them have done SINCE Spielman took over in 2006-2013. TT – 76 Picks RS – 61. Just saying.
    2) TT is credited for 8 Pro-Bowlers since 2006, 10 since 2005, counting players he’s drafter and signed as street free agents. This included Tramon Williams, who didn’t play an NFL game before coming to GB and Kuhn who played 9 games with Pittsburgh in ’06 which included 2 carries and one catch. Needless to say, he was an afterthought.
    3) RS has had 9 1st round picks since 2006, 4 have turned into Pro Bowlers, leaving 4 from Rounds 2-7. TT has had 8 1st Round picks (since 2006), “only” 3 have turned into Pro Bowlers, leaving 5 from Rounds 2-7. Good teams are build in Rounds 2-7. May I remind you that in 2005, TT drafted Aaron Rogers(who the Vikings passed on twice) and Nick Collins with his 1st and 2nd round picks, who turned into the games best QB and a future HOFer, and a Pro Bowl player, respectively (RS was not at the helm for that draft).
    4) Speaking of, do we really need to go back to the two years Spielman was GM of the Dolphins? Please, don’t make me.
    5) This is an “absolute” league, thepftpoet. There’s only one percentage that matters, and that’s winning percentage. Remind me who has the higher winning percentage again? (Hint: Green Bay has the 3rd highest winning percentage since 2006)

  16. immafubared says: Jul 10, 2014 9:34 PM

    Not on the TT band wagon. Team has a lot of deadwood still and has lost a lot of deadwood the past two years. WHy. They are the losts causes that he got on the cheap people never mention.

    Look he’s living off having a lucky pick with Rogers, inheriting a team ready to make a move, having Favre at the helm.

    If, the Lions and Bears didn’t implode last year, this team would have been near the cellar. Defense ranked 31st, that’s not a superbowl caliber team and he made one dumb move in free agency with Peppers a man way to old for the game.

  17. tomh51260 says: Jul 10, 2014 9:35 PM

    The Vikings are Superior if you measure your success by Pro bowl voting instead of world championships(13). It takes great teams to win the Super Bowls And great teams that win Super Bowl’s are put together by the best general managers. Pftpoet Is happy with a few pro bowl players Because he hasn’t ever sniffed the world championship.

  18. immafubared says: Jul 10, 2014 9:35 PM

    Jul 10, 2014 8:26 PM
    And every Lions, Bears and Vikings fan couldn’t be happier. Ted Thompson will be drafting 1st round busts and fragile athletes for years to come..

    Wo, do you mean like Datone always injured Jones or Perry, bet he can’t get two sacks this year or Jerrel Worthy who trips over chalk lines. Ya those two number ones and a two.

  19. copack20 says: Jul 10, 2014 9:36 PM

    Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 10, 2014 8:09 PM
    Seriously, do you people really think Ted Thompson is the only guy who could do that job? Besides Rodgers, who was a no-brainer when you have an old quarterback who was threatening retirement, who has he drafted who has been that great? Forget about trades or free agents. He should be fired for how he mismanaged the backup quarterback situation last year.
    ———————————————————
    I know I just mentioned this in my previous post, but it never gets old.

    THE VIKINGS PASSED ON RODGERS TWICE! Ok, ok…Culpepper was coming off a good season. But so was Favre, who ended up playing three more years in GB and 6 more seasons total! My point is, there is two ways to look at this. If it was a no-brainer, then there are 23 other teams who should just all cease to exist, because they passed on such an obvious pick. Or, the way most people around the league look at it, it was not a popular pick, and far from a no-brainer. You draft a QB in the 1st round to replace a legend, needless to say a legend who just threw for 4,000 yards the year before? C’mon, man! TT was using “best player available” when reaching for players was the thing to do. cough*Ponder*cough

    #3rd highest winning percentage in NFL since 2006
    #1st Highest winning percentage in NFC since 2006
    #NFL Executive of the Year in 2008 and 2011

  20. wheezerswin says: Jul 10, 2014 9:37 PM

    Shocking. Viking troll spewing delusional hate on a packer post. Remember the old saying Viking fans “if your bad tell the world your great, if your great the world will tell you”. Or if your a Viking fan just hate on the franchise you can only dream of having.

  21. packersgreenbay says: Jul 10, 2014 9:43 PM

    Packer fans couldn’t be happier winning the division year in year out. In Ted we trust!

  22. pftpoetsucks says: Jul 10, 2014 9:47 PM

    Ignore that clown pftpoet. He loves to brag about all of the vikings pro bowlers, yet he fails to mention that Spielman is typically selecting in the top 10 while TT is picking at the end of each round. Btw how many super bowls has Spielmans team gone to??

  23. pftpoetsucks says: Jul 10, 2014 9:50 PM

    The rest of u vikings trolls are really pathetic. Posting from your parents basement and bashing TT. Actually go look at his draft picks other than rodgers, you’ll be in awe of the talent he finds.

  24. btv77 says: Jul 10, 2014 9:52 PM

    Good lord this is pathetic. When will Viking fans come to terms with the fact that they have an inferior franchise to GB.

    PFT Poet wants to split hairs on Pro Bowl selections cuz they can’t compete where it counts. Way to capitalize on all those pro bowlers by bringing in championships…oh wait…

    BTW poet boy, under TT we have also had 8 pro bowlers…with more apperances. You missed Tramon Williams cuz TT actually found a pro bowler in an undrafted free agent. Talk to me when your scouting department can do that…

    GB
    Rodgers 3
    Collins 3
    Jennings 2
    Sitton 1
    Raji 1
    Matthews 4
    Lacy 1
    T. Williams 1
    TOTAL: 16

    MN
    Greenway 2
    A. P. 6
    S. Rice 1
    Harvin 1
    Rudolph 1
    Kalil 1
    Walsh 1…kicker in a dome, not impressed
    Patterson 1
    TOTAL: 14

    Take away AP and you have 8 apperances since 2006. Now factor in both Rice and Harvin’s only appearance in ’09 was due to the one good year you got out of GB’s castoff in Favre and your numbers look even less impressive.

    Seriously dude, find a hobby cuz you suck at analyzing football.

  25. JaminJake says: Jul 10, 2014 10:06 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jul 10, 2014 6:51 PM
    This is why Rick Spielman is a better GM than Ted Thompson:

    Rick Spielman has drafted 61 players since he took over the draft room in 2006, eight of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players since he took over the draft room in 2005, only seven of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spiel man & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.

    Once again proving the Minnesota Vikings superior *IN DRAFT ORDER*

    _________________________________

    I fixed that for you.

  26. drunkenmidgets says: Jul 10, 2014 10:50 PM

    ‘Hold on, Mark! We all have to vote on that!’

    Packers ‘owners’

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 10, 2014 10:51 PM

    I just don’t see the same success that others see. I think he has done a pretty weak job at drafting and he has been horrible at using trades and other strategies to make the most out of the roster and he has had a lot of time to establish something special and he has very little to show for all of his opportunities, and that’s with having Aaron Rodgers at QB who is one of the better ones.

  28. drunkenmidgets says: Jul 10, 2014 10:53 PM

    ‘Hold up, Mark. I believe we need to vote on that.’

    Packers “owners”

  29. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 10, 2014 11:18 PM

    How many rings has this Rick Spielman acquired? I’m sorry but as long as he stays ringless the only thing he has done was kept Adrian Peterson off a competitive team.

  30. rosstuckershair says: Jul 10, 2014 11:22 PM

    Hopefully they will be extended Dom Capers through 2021

  31. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 11, 2014 12:10 AM

    Hey Viking trolls here is something for you to contemplate 1-9-1 that is Spieladopes record against Ted Thompson. Bwahahaha! Pro Bowl pffft!

  32. wheels579 says: Jul 11, 2014 12:11 AM

    Lots of jealousy around here! All you clowns would steamroll your own grandmothers to get a GM as good as Ted.

  33. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 11, 2014 12:37 AM

    Ted Thompson drafted or acquired EVERY player except 2 for the Packers that actually WON the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, those in loserville, MN start talking about Pro Bowl’s.

  34. revelation123 says: Jul 11, 2014 12:41 AM

    Ted Thompson is arguably the best GM in the league.

  35. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 11, 2014 12:45 AM

    veence69 says:
    Jul 10, 2014 8:26 PM

    And every Lions, Bears and Vikings fan couldn’t be happier. Ted Thompson will be drafting 1st round busts and fragile athletes for years to come

    I love how you try and recruit Bear and Lion fans into your delusional rantings. They aren’t stupid enough to support you. All I know is the Packers own you and the more you talk the more we laugh.

  36. billybone says: Jul 11, 2014 1:08 AM

    It still amazes me that the good fans from Minnesota don’t speak out more to try to get these stupid Viking fans that post nonsense on every thread to shut up. Everybody has “that guy” who represents their team poorly as a fan, but the Vikings have more bad apples than good.

  37. wafflestomp says: Jul 11, 2014 1:44 AM

    Seriously, if their statements wouldn’t be so completely ludicrous, every Viking fan on this message board would be suspected have having severe head trauma.

    Talk of Championships and Dynasties, with a new and unproven head coach and quarterback, and a roster dearth of talent at every position except running back. And that window is closing fast. You guys are just plain stupid.

    Then you honestly have the gall to post about the inefficiencies of the Packers, when all they’ve done the last few years, is treat your team as Michael Vick treats one of his dogs.

    Go back and watch film from the ’10 Super Bowl season and you’ll see playmakers that were drafted by Thompson, and in some cases, pulled right off the street after they sent 15 players to the IR.

    This again, is why the Vikings, and their fans, remain the biggest laughing stocks of the league.

  38. vickspuppy says: Jul 11, 2014 2:02 AM

    If Rodgers was such a no-brainer, what does that say about the Vikings who passed on him…twice?

    No brains squared = failed Viking franchise.

  39. gforce4all says: Jul 11, 2014 2:37 AM

    Packers will be world champs this year.Run em over!!!

  40. northlandwi says: Jul 11, 2014 4:50 AM

    Say what you want about his busts, etc. the man simply puts winning football teams together too to bottom and usually from unfavorable drafting positions as a result of that success. The fact that mn and det especially haven’t caught the packers despite their drafting advantages suggests how good Thompson is. He’s a winner. Period.

  41. dvdheg says: Jul 11, 2014 5:49 AM

    john schneider says it’s his dream job. stay away from him!

  42. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 11, 2014 6:05 AM

    You cannot argue with success.

    High revenue teams like the Packers can pay for the best GM’s, scouts, and talent evaluators.

    In recent years all his lieutenants have become GM’s around the league. There is no higher praise than that.

  43. sonofad says: Jul 11, 2014 7:24 AM

    Ted’s Super Bowl pedigree is what makes him so hated by lesser teams and fans.

  44. rosstuckershair says: Jul 11, 2014 8:17 AM

    I can’t wait to see the Packers opening game…

  45. vincefromtx14 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:24 AM

    The Wilfs don’t even live in your wastelands. Great owners, eh ???

  46. packy305 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:28 AM

    Scoreboard!

  47. usedjock says: Jul 11, 2014 8:28 AM

    Are Vikings fans truly this stupid? Honestly do you believe your roster is that much better? To quote Chris Carter “come on man”. Last year was a prime example of how good of a GM Thompson is. I think they set some kind of record for players on the IR or games missed by starters. They had Rodgers out for half the year, Matthews missed a huge amount of time, a top corner in Hayworth was out, Bulaga out for the year, Finley out, etc. And still they had a roster that was so deep they still found a way to win the division. Vikings fans please do us a favor and stick your heads back in your ludefisk cans and when you actually win something you then can talk some smack.

  48. nickynick04 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:32 AM

    thepftpoet says:Jul 10, 2014 6:51 PM

    This is why Rick Spielman is a better GM than Ted Thompson:

    Rick Spielman has drafted 61 players since he took over the draft room in 2006, eight of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players since he took over the draft room in 2005, only seven of them were voted to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s 13% Pro Bowl Player success rate for Spiel man & only 7% success rate for Ted Thompson.

    Once again proving the Minnesota Vikings superior.
    …………………………………………………………………..
    You obviously know ZERO about professional football…..It is about winning Superbowls…It is about what you do with the talent you get……Its about championships not pro bowls…..and division titles mean nothing if you cannot win Super Bowls with them……………………You need to grow up with your posts……Your organization is the worse in the NFC No Doubt and to brag about a QB who has not played one down in the NFL and to PREACH DYNASTY when you are a pathetic team……Childish Grow Up

  49. ariani1985 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:42 AM

    With Ted’s drafting record it is easy to see why you guys get thrashed in the first round of the playoffs every year!!!! When The other NFC teams see you in the playoffs they have to be licking their chops at that roster of rancid garbage!!!

  50. smedley61 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    Superbowls and playoffs are what it’s about for winners. When all you have to cite is a Pro Bowl, you’re a loser.

  51. rho1953 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:07 AM

    ESPN did its future power ratings and the Packers are second. The Vikings? In the bottom tier, right where they belong. A second, no, third class organization with rabid fans that are so detached from reality that they actually think their team is something special.

  52. axespray says: Jul 11, 2014 11:30 AM

    The “stocks” are an investment to keep an NFL franchise in the town of Green Bay.

    An NFL franchise hosting home games tends to increase tourism – which increases the local income for small businesses – without the Packers in town, the local economy would probably decrease significantly – so yeah, “Worthless” stock.

  53. titletown13 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:36 AM

    Vikings superior? You are a perennial last place team. How many NFL titles has Spielman brought to Minnesota?

    The only thing superior must be the stuff you are smoking !!

  54. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 11, 2014 12:13 PM

    I need to clear up some misconceptions:

    1. Rick Spielman was not involved with the draft in 2006. He replaced Fran Foley after that draft. Therefore, you can’t credit him with Chad Greenway.

    2. Spielman wasn’t named GM until 2012. Prior to that, he was part of a ridiculous “triangle of authority” that was actually ruled by Brad Childress.

    3. Pro Bowls are not a meaningful criterion for evaluating draft picks. Jeff Saturday made a Pro Bowl the year he was benched. Harrison Smith is one of the best safeties in football but hasn’t made a Pro Bowl.

    4. Since being given full authority over the draft, the Vikings have had seven first-round picks in three years. Some have proven themselves as great players, others we still have to wait and see, but none of them look like busts. There’s a lot of young talent on this team and you should ignore it at your own risk.

  55. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 11, 2014 12:19 PM

    Last year was a prime example of how good of a GM Thompson is.
    _____

    I agree. When Rodgers was out, they were the worst team in the NFL.

    Winning a bad division with an 8-7-1 record is nothing to brag about. When you need Detroit to collapse to win the division, you’re not a team on the rise.

  56. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 11, 2014 12:59 PM

    Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 11, 2014 12:13 PM

    I need to clear up some misconceptions:

    1. Rick Spielman was not involved with the draft in 2006. He replaced Fran Foley after that draft. Therefore, you can’t credit him with Chad Greenway.

    2. Spielman wasn’t named GM until 2012. Prior to that, he was part of a ridiculous “triangle of authority” that was actually ruled by Brad Childress.

    3. Pro Bowls are not a meaningful criterion for evaluating draft picks. Jeff Saturday made a Pro Bowl the year he was benched. Harrison Smith is one of the best safeties in football but hasn’t made a Pro Bowl.

    4. Since being given full authority over the draft, the Vikings have had seven first-round picks in three years. Some have proven themselves as great players, others we still have to wait and see, but none of them look like busts. There’s a lot of young talent on this team and you should ignore it at your own risk

    We have heard the same offseason championship rambling from you for 5 straight offseasons. It just has been under different usernames because of the continued foot in mouth disease when the season actually plays out. Isnt it better to close your mouth and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt?

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