Ted Thompson signs extension with Packers

AP

The Packers made a contract extension for General Manager Ted Thompson a top priority for their offseason and their work paid off on Wednesday.

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy announced that the team has agreed on a multiyear extension that will keep Thompson in charge of the front office operations. There were no details about the compensation or the length, but it’s a good bet that it will wind up being the final contract the 61-year-old signs in the role of architect of the Packers roster.

“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 became the Packers general manager in 2005 and the team has won one Super Bowl and advanced to the playoffs six times, including the last five seasons, under his stewardship. Mike McCarthy has been coach for eight of those seasons and an extension for him is likely to be on the to-do list for the Packers now that Thompson’s deal is done.

82 responses to “Ted Thompson signs extension with Packers

  1. Best GM in the NFL, good deal. Imagine if we had a GM who have big contracts to role players like Rudolph? That would suck.

  2. If Ted Thompson would have never luckily drafted Aaron Rodgers. (Shortly after drafting colossal bust Brian Brohm)

    He would have been fired for incompetence a few years ago.

    And most likely would had been working at a local Green Bay K-Mart.

    Without Aaron Rodgers, this team has less talent than the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  3. This guy knows how to build a team through the draft and maintain that it will be competitive year in year out. Not to mention completely dominating Spieladope and the little sisters to the west. Good job Packers!

  4. And to think there was one time I wanted TT ran out of town. Guess I’ll stick to my day job. Great day for Packer nation. Thanks for all your hard work Teddy!

  5. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God's team. says:

    Terrible move.

  6. Funny enough PFTPoet, I think the Packers had a hand in shutting down the K-Mart in Green Bay. Its going to be leveled for parking now near Lambeau.

    So basically he would just be unemployed without Aaron Rodgers. Can’t even announce Blue Light Specials over the loudspeaker.

    Ted’s not a bad GM, he just pretty consistently wiffs in the 1st round with a few exceptions.

  7. thepftpoet says: Jul 30, 2014 2:09 PM

    Rick Spielman > Ted Thompson

    That has to be a typo let me fix that for you

    Ted Thompson >>>>>Spielman

  8. themagicfanguy says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:05 PM
    Best GM in the NFL, good deal. Imagine if we had a GM who have big contracts to role players like Rudolph? That would suck.
    —-
    *cough* Sam Shields *cough*

  9. Keep trolling vike fans, you’re not fooling anyone, we all know it is out of fear. By the way, how many Super Bowls have you won?

    Mr. Ted Thompson has one and you can trust there will be more.

  10. LOL at the Minneanderthals, purple with jealousy. Don’t you guys have Kluwe stories to comment on, since there’s nothing else going on over there???

  11. Rick Spielman > Ted Thompson.

    And it’s not even close.

    ————————————–

    Agreed. Proof being Rick passing on Brees in 2001 for Josh Heupel…and taking Ponder in 2011. Lightyears ahead of Ted.

  12. I like the two opposing teams that have responded thus far, the still butt hurt steelers who still haven’t got over the Super Bowl loss to Thompson and the Packers and the lil queens who have been flat out owned by Ted. Look at the record Ted vs. Spieladope 9-1-1 complete domination.

    Teds accomplishments stand high: 5 straight playoff appearances, Super Bowl win, dominate the division, 2 GM of the year awards and I believe the 2nd or 3rd best win % since he has been a GM. Any disparaging remarks will obviously come from jealousy so bring it on.

  13. Good news for NFC north teams. TT will continue his dominance in selecting 1st round busts.

  14. 1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST (Fabio is getting close)
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST,
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST (working on an extension to play until he is 50/0 probowls)
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST (Given or 80 million dollars from shareholders)
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  15. As long as Ted Thompson continues to whiff on first round talent, Packers will keep losing 1st round of the playoffs.

  16. What did one vampire say to the other vampire? Is that you coffin?

    But SRSLY, it saves another real 1st rounder for the rest of the league.

  17. Look everyone poet is back after a couple days and along come the 3 other aliases that were gone also. How many Viking fans are there really on this board like 2 or 3? You guys represent as well as the 13 ticket buyers in Minnehaha the other day.

  18. I have to give Thompson credit for drafting Aaron Rodgers and building a team that won a Super Bowl. That said, if you actually take an objective look at each individual move he’s made, I think you have to consider that there have been more bad moves than good. It’s just that the Rodgers pick gave him a lot of room for error on the other bad picks he’s made. He has consistently missed on first-round picks and doesn’t do anything special in the trade or free agency markets. I think last year proved that, without Rodgers, the Packers are one of the worst teams in the NFL.

  19. Keep in mind that Thompson didn’t even know what he had in Rodgers. He was perfectly happy to keep Rodgers on the bench while begging Favre to come back for three years. Once they finally got Favre out of town, Thompson was so confident in Rodgers, he drafted Brian Brohm in the second round. You don’t draft a backup quarterback in the second round, you draft a quarterback in the second round because you’re hoping he will one day be your starting quarterback. Epic bust.

  20. Only a moron would judge a team because of 1st round picks. We don’t have the luxury of drafting in the top 10 year after year like the queens and you know why? Its because of all the rounds and the strong team that was built that actually wins and in thi case dominates the Vikings. Hard to ignore the Ted Thompson record against your lacky GM 9-1-1. Ouch!!!

  21. Ted definitely would have been fired in Minnesota. He is a down to Earth, intelligent, loyal man that has built a Super Bowl winning squad. That’s not what East Dakota is about. Success there includes:

    1. Trading 2 whole drafts in a row away to acquire questionable talent.

    2. Pay tight ends that have never had more than 500 yards in a year more than most starting quarterbacks.

    3. Break the bank in free agency on wash-ups over 30…preferably former Packers.

    4. Be the best dressed man in the room, including wearing a 3 piece suit to the gym. Minnesotans are so shallow and sheepish they will automatically assume you are a successful GM.

    5. Never win a single thing, then pretend you don’t care because there is so much more to do in Minnesota in the winter…like pretend you’re a diehard Wild fan even though you can’t name one player not named Parise.

  22. “You don’t draft a backup quarterback in the second round, you draft a quarterback in the second round because you’re hoping he will one day be your starting quarterback.”

    It’s called drafting the best player available. That’s how teams that build through the draft build winners. Other teams draft according to need… “what’s that? Red traded Randy Moss? Quick, who’s the faster WR in the draft? Troy Willimanson? Let’s go get him!”

  23. Now take Rick Spielman, for example. Since being named GM in 2012, he has:

    – Acquired four extra first-round draft choices, giving him seven first-round picks in three years. That’s how you add talent in a hurry.

    – Traded the third overall pick for the fourth overall pick, plus 4th-, 5th-, and 7th-round picks, and still drafted the guy he was going to take at 3.

    – Traded a petulant, injury-prone wide receiver who demanded a trade and was due a new contract worth tens of millions of dollars for first-, third-, and seventh-round picks.

    – Signed young free agents with a track record of success but whose careers are still on an upward trajectory to team-friendly contracts.

    The onfield success hasn’t materialized yet, but this year Spielman drafted the NFL’s next great quarterback to add to a young, talented roster.

  24. Ted Thomspon excels at finding athletes. Once in a while, they can play football too. Heck, some of them can even make it through an entire 60 minute game without breaking in 4 places.

    None of them can tackle, however.

  25. This will make the packs cheese heads in the bottom in all football for the next decade to come. TT+ little hands Rodgers+Nelson+Lazzzzzzzy = 0 win=0 Super Bowl!!!!!!!!Lol glad they signed TT to multiple years bc they will suck big time.

  26. That list of “busts” that I’ve seen copied a hundred times has a lot more Pro Bowl appearances and Super Bowl rings than the poster who relies on it as a weak insult.

    No team’s first round picks are perfect, but it’s better than a list with Troy Williamson and Christian Ponder on it.

  27. Since beating an old Steelers team in the Superbowl, The Green Bay Packers have only managed to beat one QB in the postseason. Joe Webb. The last QB they beat prior was Caleb Hanie.

    This team is built to compete for a playoff berth. Not to compete in the playoffs.

  28. How many times have the Vikings beaten the Packers in the last 4 years despite playing them twice a year? (Answer is one).

    How many times have the Vikings signed an ex Packer who was cut for performance issues? (Answer is more than one)

    In the last three years, how many times have the Packers won the division in the same year that the Vikings finished in last place? (The answer is two)

    After passing on Aaron Rodgers not once but twice, how many times has Spielman drafted a QB in the first round (Answer is two)

    Ya, that Spielman is a real genius.

  29. In TT we don’t trust. If I were the cheese heads I’d be crying to get this clown out of town. He only draft bust players to play with. Imagine if MN had some body like Favre, MN would have won over 10 Super Bowls. Clown is in small city Wis. means they won’t win another Super Bowl. Little hands+Nelson+Lazzzzzy=0 win=o Super Bowl, ha ha ha ha ha LOL.

  30. $250 pieces of paper for all!
    ]
    From business insider “The “shares” (which cost $250 a piece) aren’t really stock at all. They don’t increase in value, there are no dividends, and they have no cash value”

    So in short, anyone who buys this is an idiot.

  31. Ah, the old “Packers draft way higher than the Vikings because they’re so much better” myth. Since 2006, the average draft position for first-round picks has been 20.7 for the Packers and 19.0 for the Vikings.

  32. It’s long been my contention that the Packers have an unfair competitive advantage of the rest of the league by not having an owner with enough power to screw up the team with his ego.

    Ted has been absolutely dreadful in first round picks but he’s done exceptionally well in the middle rounds. As GM’s go he’s pretty good and the Packers did well to extend his contract.

    I also want to thank the Packers for not firing Dom Capers as that means their defense will suck eggs again this year. If Rodgers remains upright they’ll make it back to the playoffs for their annual one and done.

    We really don’t have a very good conference.

  33. Once draft busted players will always be for the rest of his life. As long as they’re still cheese heads in small town Wis. they won’t win anything. What a pathetic losing GM, coaches, players and organization.

  34. I wasn’t sure Thompson wanted to sign up for more; he seemed really tired this Spring. But for me it’s very good news that the man who brought Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Lacy, Bakhtiari, Cobb, Shields, and many other contributors to GB will be around for several more years.
    It’s really hysterical to have the Pack finish in front of teams and then listen to the fans of the also-rans talk about how superior they really are. I wonder whether even they believe the tripe that they cough up. SMH.

  35. n Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    Now take Rick Spielman, for example. Since being named GM in 2012, he has:

    – Acquired four extra first-round draft choices, giving him seven first-round picks in three years. That’s how you add talent in a hurry.

    – Traded the third overall pick for the fourth overall pick, plus 4th-, 5th-, and 7th-round picks, and still drafted the guy he was going to take at 3.

    – Traded a petulant, injury-prone wide receiver who demanded a trade and was due a new contract worth tens of millions of dollars for first-, third-, and seventh-round picks.

    – Signed young free agents with a track record of success but whose careers are still on an upward trajectory to team-friendly contracts.

    The onfield success hasn’t materialized yet, but this year Spielman drafted the NFL’s next great quarterback to add to a young, talented roster

    This has to be one of the most laughable and ridiculous posts I have seen in quite some time. All you can point out is were they drafted but then say onfield success hasn’t materialized! Wow! Ask anyone that’s all that matters who in the h cares were you draft if you really cant evaluate talent enough to put in a winning product on the field? Spieladope failed miserably in Miami and has finished in LAST 3 out of the last 4 years. The best players you had on that team didn’t believe in him and couldn’t wait to go to a winner and that was their words and yet you are going to post this garbage? If you want success look up Thompsons history as GM that’s how you measure

  36. avikesfan says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:10 PM
    The trolls are on the Vikings threads.
    ——————————————————-

    Well, it is their thread.

  37. contra74 says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:17 PM
    themagicfanguy says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:05 PM
    Best GM in the NFL, good deal. Imagine if we had a GM who have big contracts to role players like Rudolph? That would suck.
    —-
    *cough* Sam Shields *cough*

    15 29
    —-

    Wanted you to know that I gave your comment thumbs down and reported it for childish behavior.

  38. Hey PFT, could we get the gibberish decoder app integrated so we can translate codythao35’s comments into English so we can determine if he is trying to talk smack or just drooling on his keyboard again?

  39. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:59 PM
    Ah, the old “Packers draft way higher than the Vikings because they’re so much better” myth. Since 2006, the average draft position for first-round picks has been 20.7 for the Packers and 19.0 for the Vikings.

    ————–
    Way to pad that number with all of the 2nd and 3rd 1st round picks you’ve had the last three years.

  40. Dear Viking Fans,

    I am not a TT fan, but my screen name says it all. Yes, All Day might be the best player in the NFL, but how many Lombardi Trophies have you won with him?…And…Oh…by the way… You do realize the NFL Championship Trophy is name after a former PACKER COACH?…Good Day…and SKOL!!

  41. Show me a team built on first round picks, and I’ll show you a fantasy football team. News flash, the NFL isn’t fantasy, it’s reality, and Ted knows how to manage the roster and salary cap better than any GM in football. Out with the old, in with the new. For every 1st round so-called “bust”, he found 5 gems in the 6th, 7th, and UFA. That’s how we won Super Bowl XLV, not by hoarding 1st round picks ala Rick Spielman. That’s how you get your ugly mug in the papers, which is what’s important to him, so be it. The Packers and their fans prefer to be in the papers in January and February, not in April. Vikes like to make a splash in April. It all shows up in the Lombardi column: 4 to 0. To each their own, I guess.

  42. “All Day” Peterson isn’t the best player in football. He’s not even the best running back in the NFC North. Let him regain that title, then worry about best player in football. He’s old, can’t catch, and injury prone. Give me Lacy any day.

  43. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Ah, the old “Packers draft way higher than the Vikings because they’re so much better” myth. Since 2006, the average draft position for first-round picks has been 20.7 for the Packers and 19.0 for the Vikings.

    ——

    Yea and trading back into the first round by the vikings skews their average abit, no? Its easy to play with numbers.

  44. this is going to an interesting decade of decline for cheesebay.
    when the wheels fall off this year, the”owners” won’t know who to blame.

  45. n Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    Now take Rick Spielman, for example. Since being named GM in 2012, he has

    Taken a playoff team in 2012 added 3 of the supposed coveted 1st round picks and took them to last place. Ponder me this (pun intended) how does a great GM do that?

    You should have kept your original username (about 4 ago) Spielman the Magician, that was fitting, he can make your playoff hopes disappear!

  46. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 30, 2014 2:28 PM
    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST (Fabio is getting close)
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST,
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST (working on an extension to play until he is 50/0 probowls)
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST (Given or 80 million dollars from shareholders)
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!
    —————————
    Someone’s obsessed with the Packers…smh.
    By the way, with all of those “biggezt buztz evur!” – we’ve been relevant for the last 20+ years.

    What has your team done with “All Pro/Hall of Famer” first round picks?

    Finished last place again?

  47. And yet every team in the NFC North Wishes they’d had the success the Packers have had since 1990. How many rings yah got… how many NFC Championships, How Many Playoff Appearance. And the Vikings saying that anyone untalented on the Packers is laughable since your team begs to overpay former Packers every chance you get. Shut up and stop hating. Cause in truth you wish you had what we have.

  48. Dang, this team is going to surprise everyone but us!

    Next stop….Super Bowl.

  49. My point was that the Vikings get good players in the first round and the Packers get bad players in the first round, regardless of where they are picking. The person I was responding to was trying to make the argument that the Vikings’ picks are so much better than the Packers’ because the Packers pick so much later than the Vikings. That is clearly not the case.

  50. Bulaga, Raji, Hawk, Rodgers, and Clay were all starters on the team that won the Super Bowl XLV! Jennings, Collins, Bishop, Jones, Nelson, Sitton, Crosby, Colledge, and Starks! Draft Picks by Thompson that played major roles in that run to XLV! Not bad for a guy who knows nothing!

  51. Ya know why Packer fans don’t comment on Vikings stories on here? There are none..there is nothing interesting going on in Minnesota other than their former punter

  52. If you look up the term “gin blossom” in the dictionary you will find a picture of Ted Thompson…for real.

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