Ted Thompson out as Packers GM

Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy with general manager Ted Thompson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 1/2:

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."

“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,” said Thompson. “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.

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The ouster of defensive coordinator Dom Capers and staff wasn't the only Packers bombshell. NFL Networks' Ian Rapoport is citing sources that Ted Thompson is out as general manager.

Rapoport says the Packers will begin searching for a new GM, but Thompson is expected to remain with the organization in a different role.

The report has since been confirmed by ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

"Ted Thompson will not return as the GM of the Green Bay Packers but will remain with the team. The front office will go through a reorganization with team president Mark Murphy defining new roles for current members of front office, per league and team sources," Mortensen tweeted.

Thompson has been Packers GM since 2005, becoming the tenth GM in Packers history when he replaced Mike Sherman.

Thompson replaced Sherman with Mike McCarthy in 2006. Together they built nine playoff teams -- eight with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, who was Thompson's first draft pick.

Under Thompson, the Packers won 135 games, lost 90, and had 1 tie. That includes playoffs and the Super Bowl victory in 2010. His teams also played in four NFC Championship games, winning one.

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.



 
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