Ted Thompson, the architect of the Green Bay Packers, has agreed to a multi-year contract with the team, ending questions surrounding his long-term future with the franchise.
The deal is important for the future of the Packers due to speculation that head coach Mike McCarthy would not get a contract extension until Thompson himself received one. This news puts that to rest and means that McCarthy should be next in line to get his payday.
But for Thompson and the Packers, this is about much more than money. It ensures that the man who has held the general manager post in Green Bay since 2005 will be sticking around for the foreseeable future, ensuring continued stability for one of the NFL’s most consistent franchises. The Packers are currently one of two teams — the New England Patriots are the other — to have made the postseason five consecutive seasons.
That success in large part can be attributed to the success of Thompson, who has built a winner, starting with his first draft pick, Aaron Rodgers.
Thompson has made numerous other decisions that have helped Green Bay turn into a perennial contender, but none were more important than selecting Rodgers 24th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft or hiring coach McCarthy before the 2006 season.
This extension comes on the heels of Rodgers’ deal last summer and should precede an agreement with McCarthy that should be right around the corner. This means that the three people most responsible for keeping the Packers in Super Bowl contention going forward are locked up long-term.
That kind of stability is hard to come by in professional sports today, and because of it, Packer fans should rejoice. Their team is going to be a contender for quite some time as long as Thompson, McCarthy and Rodgers have something to do with it, which thanks to this new contract they will.