Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel still considers Chiefs GM John Dorsey to be the “best bet” to eventually replace Ted Thompson as Packers GM.
This comes after the news that the Packers have signed executive Eliot Wolf to a new contract and plan to give him a new title for the third straight year.
Wolf is widely considered to be a potential candidate to take over for Thompson when he’s ready to walk away. However, there has been a lot of buzz about Dorsey possibly returning to Green Bay as Thompson’s replacement at some point.
Last week, McGinn mentioned that Dorsey is under contract through the 2018 season, which happens to be when Thompson’s current deal with the Packers runs out. According to McGinn, this sets up a “perfect scenario” for a return by Dorsey, assuming that he doesn’t sign an extension with the Chiefs.
Sources have told McGinn that Dorsey ranks as one of the lowest-paid GMs in the NFL, so he will be in line for a big raise at some point, considering the success the Chiefs have had since he and Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City.
Dorsey is regarded now as a “Green Bay guy” by many of his close friends, according to McGinn.
There has reportedly been speculation that Thompson would retire from his post with the Packers if they were to win another Super Bowl. However, McGinn adds more and more the expectations appear to be that Thompson plans to continue working.
“Ted just has nothing other than football,” said a colleague of Thompson tells McGinn. “I’m not sure what he would do if he left. I’m afraid he would miss this terribly.”
Should the Packers reach an agreement with Thompson on a new extension, McGinn mentions that the Chiefs would likely give Dorsey a lucrative new contract and possibly include a clause to prevent him from departing for the Packers’ job.
The Packers have a number of notable internal candidates to consider as replacements for Thompson including 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.