Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy tells Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that there will be no extension for HC Mike McCarthy until GM Ted Thompson receives an extension of his own.
- Rapoport asked Murphy if negotiations with Thompson were currently taking place to which Murphy responded: “I can’t talk about that now.“
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported a few weeks ago that the Packers have been working on a contract extension for McCarthy this offseason.
There has been some buzz in the weeks following the draft that Thompson could be considering retirement at some point in the near future, but he came out and said that he was “just getting started.”
Both Thompson and McCarthy are under contract for another two years as the Packers have made the decision to tie the two of them together. Green Bay would obviously like to keep Thompson as long as he’s willing to stay, but it’s interesting that Murphy specifically mentioned that they plan to address the GM before McCarthy.
In the event that Thompson did retire, they would at least give themselves the option of offering a new GM the ability to possibly hire his own head coach if he felt it was a necessary move. This isn’t to say that this is a likely scenario, but it would keep all options on the table for the Packers if they were forced to look for a new GM.
McCarthy and Thompson have been a very successful tandem in Green Bay that has resulted in numerous playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in 2011.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more regarding possible extensions for both McCarthy and Thompson in the coming months.