GREEN BAY, Wis. (WEAU) According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ted Thompson will step down as general manager to take a new role with the Packers organization.
Thompson has the Packers General Manager since the 2005. In that time he drafted Aaron Rodgers and guided the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2011.
The team has missed the playoffs only three times in his tenure. The first in 2005 led to the firing of then head coach Mike Sherman and the hiring of Mike McCarthy. The second was 2008, Aaron Rodgers first year as a starter. That season was preceded by Brett Favre retiring, trying to return and eventually being traded in the preseason. This season would mark the third time the team missed the playoffs. The Packers struggled with depth issues do to injuries on both sides of the ball and were most hurt by the loss of Aaron Rodgers for part of the season with a broken collarbone and finished 7-9.
Thompson played linebacker int he NFL during the 80's before getting into the player personel side of the game. He was a scout for the Packers under then GM Ron Wolf and also worked in Seattle from 2000-04. He replaced Mike Sherman as GM for the Packers in 2005.
What Thompson's new role in Green Bay is unknown as is who his replacement will be. Eliot Wolf, Ron Wolf's son and Director of Football Operations for the Packers, has been seen by many as an heir apparent to Thompson.