Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed a multi-year extension with the organization on Wednesday.
"Mark Murphy and I had some ongoing conversations, general-type conversations, but I felt very appreciated by the organization, and I'm honored to work in this position with such fine people," said Thompson. "And the more you think about it, the more you think 'How nuts are you to walk away from something like this?'
"It's important to me. It's not my family, but I've got a lot, a lot of really good friends here and co-workers that I enjoy coming to work with every day that it's life. But it's life on an exaggerated scale. You're playing in the NFL, and you're trying to win and compete at the NFL level and that is so hard to do. And to get a chance to continue to do that after you put all the chips on the table, there's very little choice there."
Thompson's contract was reportedly set to expire after the 2016 NFL Draft prior to extension.
An extension for Thompson comes on the heels of five consecutive playoff appearances and three consecutive NFC North division titles.
Even though Thompson's biggest accomplishment came three years ago, he has a world championship to his credit, winning Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season.
“I’m pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted,” said Packers president Mark Murphy. “His outstanding work has been the key factor in the success that we’ve enjoyed in recent years. I have tremendous respect for Ted, and am confident that we will continue to contend for championships under his leadership.”
Now that the Packers have extended Thompson, the next in line would seem to be head coach Mike McCarthy, which Murphy said wouldn't happen until Thompson was extended first.
Under the chain of command, Murphy worked on extending Thompson, and Thompson on turn will be responsible for contract negotiations with Mike McCarthy.
"(It's) a big priority, and it's been the plan the whole time," said Thompson. "The way the organization is set up, obviously, I'm not giving any trade secrets away, but it's the way it's always been done here that the general manager kind of gets put away then you do the head coach."
McCarthy's contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
At 61 years old, Thompson said he sees no end to his tenure in sight, saying he'll let it play itself out.
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