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.”
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Thompson took over as general manager in 2005. Under his leadership, the Packers made nine playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl in 2010.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the long-time GM will move to a new role in the organization and the team could have a new general manager for the first time since 2005. Green Bay could have some candidates within the program to take Thompson’s place. Several front-runners include Russ Ball, Packers VP of football administration, Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf or Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst.
Team president Mark Murphy will also reportedly reorganize his front office and define new roles for those current members. The search for a new GM will begin immediately.
The Packers finished 2017 with a 7-9 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. It was only the fourth time in Thompson’s tenure Green Bay didn’t reach the postseason.