Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson addresses
shareholders from the stage during the NFL football team's
annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field, Thursday, July
24 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY —
With four NFC North titles and a Super Bowl victory in the past
decade, Ted Thompson has had quite a run as Packers general
Thompson sees no
reason to stop now, even as retirement age nears. The team
announced after practice Wednesday the signing of Thompson to a
multiyear contract extension.
you think about it, the more you think how nuts are you that you'd
walk away from something like this," Thompson said. "To
get a chance to continue to do that after you put all the chips on
the table, there's very little choice there. I want to be
Terms of the deal
were not announced. Thompson didn't comment on the specifics,
"No. I'm not
a very specific guy," he said when asked if could be more
specific about his contract, drawing laughs from reporters.
Mike McCarthy's contract appears to be the next decision.
Both the general
manager and coach last signed extensions in 2011, within about a
month after the Packers won the Super Bowl.
priority. It's been the plan the whole time," Thompson said
about an extension for McCarthy. "The way the organization is
set up ... it's the way it's always been done here. The general
manager kind of gets put away and then you do the head
took over in 2005; McCarthy was hired in January 2006.
anticipate each other's thoughts often, which might drive both of
us crazy sometimes, but I think it's working well and has worked
well," Thompson said.
the NFL meetings in March for a personal matter. He appeared
energized last week in addressing the annual Packers shareholders
He might make a
few more short trips home to go see family in his home state of
Texas, though Thompson had no plans to delegate authority. He
professed a continued love for scouting.
have a timeline for how much longer he wants to work.
outstanding work has been the key factor in the success that we've
enjoyed in recent years," team president Mark Murphy.
is the second high-profile extension announced by the club in the
opening week of camp, following the deal signed by top receiver
Jordy Nelson on Saturday.
They are among
the highlights of what has been a smooth start to camp so far —
though both McCarthy and Thompson bristled slightly when asked
about the lack of distractions.
knocking on wood because you said something like that, jinxing
it," said Thompson after knocking on the podium. "You
never talk about your good fortunes."
IN AND OUT:
Starting safety Morgan Burnett sat out some of practice Wednesday
with what McCarthy called a "tweaked" ankle, though the
injury didn't appear serious. Burnett remained on the sideline
while Micah Hyde and first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix got
a few looks with the first team as the safety duo in red zone
end Mike Neal practiced for the first time after watching the
first few days with an abdominal injury. Inside linebacker Jamari
Lattimore also returned after sitting out a few days because of
illness. Guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) took part in position drills.
IN THE HOUSE:
McCarthy singled out fourth-year cornerback Davon House's start to
camp. He is part of what is looking like a deep position group in
the secondary, especially with Casey Hayward at full speed from a
hamstring injury that limited him last season. Sam Shields and
Tramon Williams are the starting corners.
RED ZONE: Nelson
caught a couple of touchdowns during two-minute drill practice,
including one from a scrambling Aaron Rodgers around the right
edge that had the pass rushing Julius Peppers yell out in
frustration. "The biggest thing when you get out there in two
minutes is that you're a little ahead of the game because we've
been going no-huddle since Day 1, so a lot the mechanics"
carry over, McCarthy said.