Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson isn't ready to retire just yet. The 61-year-old signed a multi-year extension on his contract that was set to expire in two years. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
After the team announced the news Wednesday, Thompson spoke at a previously scheduled press conference.
“I felt very appreciated by the organization,” Thompson said. “[I] work with fine people. The more you think about it, how nuts are you to walk away from something like this. It's not my family, but I have a lot of really good friends here and co-workers that I enjoy coming to work with every day.
Though Thompson said he is always "self-evaluating," the general manager said he did not have a target in mind of how long he wanted to stay in the position.
“I think I'll just let it play itself out,” Thompson said. “Most people have these artificial dates in mind of I'm going to retire in X number of years or a certain age. Everybody is different. It seems to me a lot of people can be productive later on in life. We'll see. I enjoy what I do. I have really good people who I work with. Because of that I feel pretty energized to keep going.”
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In March, Thompson was not able to travel to the annual NFL owners meetings because of an undisclosed medical issue. Thompson said he “feels good,” but plans to make some changes to his schedule.
"I have family back home in Texas. I've not done a good job of this, but I'm going to do a better job of getting back home to see them. I want to go back and be more connected to my family.
“You just manage your time a little better. All of a sudden through the course of a season, you could have a Friday or Saturday that [I] don't have to be in the office and [can] go see my nephew play ball.”
Thompson had a 10-year career as a linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1984. Thompson previously worked in the Packers' personnel department (1992-99), and as the Seattle Seahawks’ vice president of football operations (2000-04).-- Sarah Barshop
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