Green Bay Packers shake up front office with unexpected move


The Green Bay Packers are making a major front-office move.

NFL insiders reported Monday that Packers general manager Ted Thompson will be moved to another role in the organization.

As a result, Green Bay will be looking for a new GM.

'Clueless' Star Breaks Party Lines, Makes Surprising Endorsement for President in 2024

“The front office will go through a reorganization with team president Mark Murphy defining new roles for current members of front office, per league and team sources,” tweeted Mortensen.

Thompson, who has been the team’s GM since 2005, will be with the team in an advisory role.

As for his replacement, the Packers will look for internal and external candidates.

“The Packers have four strong internal candidates in Russ Ball, Brian Gutekunst, Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf, but the search also is expected to include outside candidates,” ESPN’s Rob Demovsky wrote.

“That could include former Packers scouts Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider. McKenzie and Schneider, however, are general managers with the Raiders and Seahawks, respectively, and the Packers likely would have to make a trade if they wanted one of those candidates,” Demovsky added.

Packers team president Mark Murphy will address the situation Tuesday, according to reports.

Thompson, 64, has had a successful run throughout his tenure in Green Bay, bringing success and stability to the organization. He drafted Aaron Rodgers with his first pick in 2005, hired Mike McCarthy as coach in 2006, and built the team that won Super Bowl XLV in 2011 over the Steelers.

Perennial Pro Bowl Running Back Unexpectedly Released

The Packers have only had three losing seasons since Thompson became GM, including this year, when the team finished 7-9. Eight of those losses came after Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone Oct. 15 at Minnesota. The Packers were 4-1 when Rodgers went down with the injury.

Thompson’s tenure will be remembered for his strength in building championship-caliber teams via the draft, as well as his disdain for acquiring talent through free agency.

That reluctancy to add veterans pieces at key positions frustrated many fans of the team, who often believed Green Bay was just a player or two away from winning more than one Super Bowl with Rodgers in his prime.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
Languages Spoken
Topics of Expertise