Report: Chiefs G.M. is “best bet” to be next Packers G.M.

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The Packers are going to keep at least one of their top personnel lieutenants, but the future of their General Manager job could be decided from outside the organization.

With Eliot Wolf pulling out of the derby to become the 49ers General Manager and Brian Gutekunst reportedly the favorite for the job, one of the potential heirs to Packers G.M. Ted Thompson’s job will remain.

But according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the “best bet” for Thompson’s replacement could be Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey.

There are a number of factors at play here. Thompson’s contract runs through the 2018 NFL draft, though there has been some speculation he could walk away if the Packers win the Super Bowl.

Dorsey, who came up through the ranks with the Packers, also has a contract through the 2018 draft. And the work he’s done with the Chiefs has certainly been good enough to merit an extension, if he wanted it. But if Thompson were to leave after this season, the Chiefs could prevent Dorsey from returning to Green Bay, where he played five seasons and worked in personnel from 1991 to 2012, with one year in Seattle stuck in between.

But the Packers have a deep bench in the personnel department, which makes the future there so intriguing.

The 34-year-old Wolf has been considered a possible if not eventual replacement for Thompson, and he got a raise and is expected to get a new title this offseason. That’ll be three promotions in five years for the son of Hall of Fame G.M. Ron Wolf, seemingly putting him on the fast track.

But if team president Mark Murphy wants someone with more experience, the 56-year-old Dorsey could be more appealing to them.

There are a lot of plates spinning here, but it’s clear that Dorsey’s ties to Green Bay are still deep. And like his dad, who went from the Raiders to the Buccaneers before getting the Packers job, Eliot Wolf may one day have to leave home to have a chance to run a team. They blocked him from interviewing with the division-rival Lions last year, but their willingness to let him talk to the 49ers could also be a sign of their future intentions.

39 responses to “Report: Chiefs G.M. is “best bet” to be next Packers G.M.

  1. Why would Dorsey wanna leave KC? He’s built a great team. Don’t get it. And why would GB want to lose Thompson? They’re in the NFC championship game? I’m confused.

  2. So nothing actually factual about connecting Dorsey to the GM position in Green Bay. Simply a quirk of the calendar as it relates to contracts. Got it.

    Pulitzer.

  3. They blocked him from interviewing with the division-rival Lions last year, but their willingness to let him talk to the 49ers could also be a sign of their future intentions.

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    OR it could be that the 49ers aren’t in the same division.

  4. Ha ha packers will lose to falcons this week , so don’t even consider winning super bowl. Got a long way to go, losers. Please keep to, we love him taking busted players in the NFL draft.

  5. Ha ha packers will lose to falcons this week , so don’t even consider winning super bowl. Got a long way to go, losers. Please keep tt, we love him taking busted players in the NFL draft.

  6. I would take that report with a grain of salt. The track record on McGinn’s reporting on the inner workings of the Packer’s front office is pretty spotty.

  7. codythao35 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:33 AM
    Ha ha packers will lose to falcons this week , so don’t even consider winning super bowl. Got a long way to go, losers. Please keep tt, we love him taking busted players in the NFL draft.

    Ryan will choke just like he always does in high pressure situations/games and Arron Rogders will flourish just like he always does in these situations. And unlike Ryan with his full compliment of starters, Rodgers will beat Ryan with a bunch of scrub receivers….

  8. It wiuld suck to lose chiefs gm dorsey to green bay. He has done a solid job, out side of trading for Alex smith. If it happens, hopefully Chris Ballard can take the gm role.

  9. i thought the packers were suposed to be pubically owned? so why arent the fans consulted for gm hires? imo they should leave it to the commenters like youres truely. we could put together a team that would dominate the nfl.

  10. yooperman says:
    Jan 20, 2017 10:09 AM
    How many GM’s and Head Coaches have ties to Green Bay?
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    Tons. Schneider (seattle), Dorsey (Green Bay), Mckenzie (Raiders), and Mchloughlan (sp?) (Redskins)

  11. “It wiuld suck to lose chiefs gm dorsey to green bay. He has done a solid job, out side of trading for Alex smith. If it happens, hopefully Chris Ballard can take the gm role.”
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    Yeah, outside of wasting a 2nd round pick for the most important position on Captain Checkdown, he’s been just fine. As one wag also said:
    “Outside of that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

  12. ” Thompson’s contract runs through the 2018 NFL Draft, though there has been some speculation he could walk away if the Packers win the Super Bowl.”

    Speculation based on what and from who? There have been rumors about Ted Thompson’s retirement for like 5 years. Why b/c he is 64? We have a 70 year old president and there are older coaches in the league.

  13. codythao35 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:31 AM
    Ha ha packers will lose to falcons this week , so don’t even consider winning super bowl. Got a long way to go, losers.

    codythao35 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:32 AM
    Ha ha packers will lose to falcons this week , so don’t even consider winning super bowl. Got a long way to go, losers. Please keep to, we love him taking busted players in the NFL draft.

    codythao35 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:33 AM
    Ha ha packers will lose to falcons this week , so don’t even consider winning super bowl. Got a long way to go, losers. Please keep tt, we love him taking busted players in the NFL draft.

    Your Viking tears making the Enter key stick again?

  14. Wonder, Did kc block Chris Ballard from interviewing for the gm job in san Francisco? That way they’d have a fall back in case Dorsey left? Maybe Ballard decided he didn’t want it. Have read both reports. Gut feeling is this is both teams will not mess with a good thing and keep their staff’s intact.

  15. There are a lot of rumors around town that TT is close to stepping down. I’m all for it. Would love to get a more aggressive GM.

  16. A fan of a team that was eliminated in week 15 is calling a team in the NFC championship game losers. Gotta love the internet.

  17. dawsonleery says:
    Jan 20, 2017 8:32 AM

    Why would Dorsey wanna leave KC? He’s built a great team. Don’t get it. And why would GB want to lose Thompson? They’re in the NFC championship game? I’m confused.

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    one reason: to get away from watching andy reid fritter away time outs and massacre time management year after year in the playoffs.

    maddening

  18. realtruthteller100 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 10:32 AM
    i thought the packers were suposed to be pubically owned? so why arent the fans consulted for gm hires? imo they should leave it to the commenters like youres truely. we could put together a team that would dominate the nfl.

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    You obviously have no idea how a publicly owned company works, much less the Packers.

    Yes, I’d like fries with that.

  19. Dorsey’s family grew up here. I went to HS with his son. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are still in the GB area. Why wouldn’t you want to come “Home” if the right opportunity presented itself.

  20. Dorsey may or may not leave, but it surprises many of the football community why the play-off bound Packers would be looking for a new GM. The real question is how long it will take for a bottom-fisher like the Minnesota Viking finally come to realize that their GM needs to be replaced? He only knows how to tear down a team, rather than build a real contender. For some unknown reason, the Vikings are content with GM Rick Speilman??

  21. I think Bob McGinn is wrong in this. Eliot Wolf is the definite front-runner to replace Thompson when he retires. I think Dorsey stays in Kansas City where he has done a great job with the Chiefs.

  22. I agree with many on here. I think this is a plant job by Dorsey’s people to give him leverage. And if the report is wrong the writers and sources can always go “Well, factors changed”.

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