Packers give GM Thompson new five-year contract

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has signed a new, five-year contract which runs through the 2012 season, team chairman Bob Harlan said Monday.

"We are very pleased with the way Ted Thompson has led the football operations of this organization," Harlan said.

The team did not disclose the terms of the contract.

The Packers completed their regular season with a 13-3 record and will face the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs Saturday after earning a first-round bye.

"He is doing exactly what we anticipated when we hired him," Harlan said. "He crafted his trade under (former Packers GM) 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."

Thompson, 54, is a native of Atlanta, Texas. He played at Southern Methodist University and with the Houston Oilers before serving eight years in the Packers' personnel department. He spent five years in Seattle as that team's vice president of football operations before rejoining the Packers in 2005.

Forty of the 53 players on Green Bay's active roster have been acquired by Thompson.

"This is a great organization, and I am deeply humbled and appreciative," he said of his new contract. "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."

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