Thompson Done; McCarthy Next

The GM-coach combo of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were working under five-year extensions that were reached following the 2007 season.

General manager Ted Thompson took the Green Bay Packers to the top of the NFL mountain with a victory in Super Bowl XLV.

Now, he's got another few years to scale Mount Everest again.

As expected, the Packers rewarded Thompson with a contract extension, the team announced on Friday.

Details were not disclosed. Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy were working under five-year extensions handed out by then-team President Bob Harlan following the team's run to the NFC Championship Game in 2007.

"We are thrilled to have Ted lead our football operations for the foreseeable future," team President Mark Murphy said in a press release. "He has done an outstanding job of building this team. We worked on this and reached an agreement in December, and we are pleased to be able to make the announcement today."

Thompson just completed his sixth season as general manager. After going 4-12 in 2005, he replaced coach Mike Sherman with Mike McCarthy. The 2006 squad started 4-8, but since then, the Packers have gone 44-24 (.647). The Packers reached the playoffs in 2007 (13-3), 2009 (11-5) and 2010 (10-6), with the only blip on the radar coming in 2008 – a 6-10 season after Thompson's controversial decision to trade Brett Favre to the New York Jets.

Of the players on the 53-man roster on Super Bowl Sunday, Thompson acquired 49 of them – including 26 through the draft.

"This is a great organization and I am very humbled and appreciative," Thompson said. "Green Bay is a special place and I am honored to work with such a great group of people that have all contributed to our success."

Thompson, 58, was hired by Ron Wolf in 1992, and Thompson credits Wolf for almost everything knows about judging personnel. After eight years in Green Bay, Thompson joined Mike Holmgren in Seattle from 2000 through 2004. After helping build the Seahawks into NFC champions, Harlan stripped Sherman of his general manager duties and hired Thompson in 2005.

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