Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy made clear on Thursday that extending the contract of longtime general manager Ted Thompson is important.
“It’s a top priority. Ted’s been instrumental in the run we’ve had. Yeah, so that’s a real priority,” Murphy said.
Thompson is under contract through the 2016 draft after signing a five-year extension in 2011.
The 61-year-old did not hint that his retirement was imminent when speaking to media after this year's draft. Via ESPN.com:
"I'm just getting started," Thompson said with a chuckle. "No. I feel pretty good. This is always a fun weekend for us in scouting, because it all kind of comes together. Sometimes you try to look away because it doesn't look quite as good as you thought it was supposed to look, and other times it's 'Hey, that's pretty good.' I think it's a cool thing to see these guys in a Packer uniform for the first time and see the enthusiasm. It'll get more interesting next week when the veterans are back."
The Packers have won one Super Bowl (2011) and made the playoffs six times during Thompson's 10-year tenure as the team's GM.
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