The Green Bay Packers have signed Ted Thompson, the team's Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, to a new, five-year contract which runs through the 2012 season, team Chairman Bob Harlan announced Monday.
Thompson, currently in his third year as the leader of the team's football operations, has built the Packers into one of the NFL's strongest young teams, with this year's squad tying a team record for victories with a 13-3 mark en route to the NFC North Division Championship and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
"We are very pleased with the way Ted Thompson has led the football operations of this organization," Harlan said. "He is doing exactly what we anticipated when we hired him. He crafted his trade under Ron Wolf, built a strong football team in Seattle and has built a team here in Green Bay that is back in the playoffs. He has a great system of building the team through the draft and has the Packers positioned very well for the future."
"This is a great organization and I am deeply humbled and appreciative," said Thompson. "This is truly a team effort. Green Bay is a special place and I am honored to work with such a great group of people."
Since taking over general manager duties in 2005, Thompson has strengthened the team's foundation. Of the 53 active roster players for Saturday's Divisional Playoff game against Seattle, 40 have been acquired by Thompson.
The 54-year-old Thompson is a native of Atlanta, Texas. He was a three-year starter at Southern Methodist University and enjoyed a 10-year playing career with the Houston Oilers (1975-84). Thompson previously served an eight-year tenure with the Packers personnel department (1992-99) and five seasons in Seattle (2000-04) as the team's vice president of football operations before re-joining the Packers in 2005.