Thompson out as Packers General Manager

Arnold Nichols
January 3, 2018

The writing has been on the wall for this potential move for a while now, and now that the Packers are coming off a disappointing season that sees them miss the playoffs, Green Bay will shake things up internally. McKenzie and Schneider, however, are general managers with the Raiders and Seahawks, respectively, and the Packers likely would have to make a trade if they wanted one of those candidates.

Thompson fired Sherman at the end of 2005 and hired Mike McCarthy. As a result, there are expected to be a bevy of changes to the Packers' organization this offseason. His first-ever draft pick was Rodgers.

Coach Mike McCarthy received a one-year contract extension during this past season, sources told ESPN. He replaced Mike Sherman as GM for the Packers in 2005.

Within five years, that tandem won Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. Both have interviewed for several GM openings around the league in recent years.

What Thompson's new role in Green Bay is unknown as is who his replacement will be.

A former linebacker for the Houston Oilers, Thompson broke into scouting with the Packers under Hall of Fame GM Ron Wolf in 1992. Thompson has since agreed to become the team's senior adviser to football operations.

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