Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Chiefs GM John Dorsey has emerged as a potential successor to Packers GM Ted Thompson in Green Bay.
Rapoport mentions that Dorsey is a former Packers’ player who cut his teeth worth under Packers Hall of Fame GM Ron Wolf and has not signed a contract extension with Kansas City. Both he and HC Andy Reid are entering the final year of their respective contracts, which could leave the door open for him to join the Packers’ front office after the 2017 season.
Sources tell Rapoport Dorsey is “incredibly well-regarded” by the Packers executive committee and President Mark Murphy.
Last we heard, Rapoport reported that Thompson could step aside and become a senior scouting adviser to the team, despite being under contract for another two years.
According to Rapoport, a playoff run from the Packers would likely increase the possibility of Thompson stepping aside.
Earlier in the year, Jason La Canfora reported that changes could be coming to the Packers’ front office after the season.
“Internally, there are concerns about the output from recent drafts and numerous position groups that are not as strong as they once were, so long-time general manager Ted Thompson is not immune to review,” La Canfora wrote. “How long Thompson, 63, wants to continue doing this job already was the source of conjecture, and should the team not pull out of its tailspin, some team sources believe the club’s board of directors could oversee front-office changes.”
The Packers have a number of notable internal candidates to consider as replacements for Thompson including Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf, VP of Football Administration Russ Ball, Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst and Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith.
Thompson, 63, took over as Packers’ general manager back in 2005 and has led the team to a record of 118-73-1 over the course of 12 seasons. This includes eight playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title back in 2010.
We’ll have more regarding the Packers as the news is available.