Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Packers have been working on a contract extension for HC Mike McCarthy this offseason.
McCarthy, 50, still has two years on his current agreement, but team President Mark Murphy is apparently working to lock up his head coach for the foreseeable future.
His current contract was reportedly a five-year contract with an annual salary of close to $6.5 million.
McGinn notes that Patriots HC Bill Belichick is believed to make around $11 million per year, while other coaches like Pete Carroll and Sean Payton also make more than McCarthy.
It’s worth noting that GM Ted Thompson is also under contract for another two years. However, McGinn mentions that it remains unknown whether or not the Packers have approached him regarding an extension as well.
According to McGinn, it’s a question of whether or not Thompson is willing to keep up with the demanding requirements of the job.
A source familiar with the situation tells McGinn that Murphy’s decision to broach the topic of an extension for McCarthy was met with “some grumbling” from the team’s board of directors.
Given that there is some question regarding Thompson’s future with the team, locking up McCarthy could leave them in a less desirable situation as they try to attract a new general manager if Thompson were to move on.
Interestingly enough, McGinn mentions that colleagues and friends of Seahawks GM John Schneider believe he regards the Packers general manager position as his “dream job.”
Schneider is from Wisconsin and the Packers could offer him more control over the team’s roster than he currently has in Seattle.
McGinn also lists Chiefs GM John Dorsey, 49ers GM Trent Baalke, Packers VP Russ Ball and Packers pro personnel director Eliot Wolf as other candidates for the Packers GM position in the event that Thompson calls is a career.