Could contract extensions be on way for Packers leaders?

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy will wait until after Super Bowl XLV to address the contract situations for general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy.

Both have two years remaining on their current deals, and Murphy doesn’t want any potential distractions as the team prepares for the game, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

It’s a legitimate matter for after the game because most GM’s and coaches are extended with one or two years remaining on their contracts. Thompson and McCarthy have found a way to buck the odds this season as the Packers have 15 players on injured reserve. They’ve found a way to manage tremendous roster turnover in season, not something that is easy.

"Obviously, I am very pleased with the job both Ted and Mike have done," Murphy said, according to Silverstein. "I've always had great confidence in them and I think the success we're having right now is a tribute to both of them."

Per Silverstein, Ken Whisenhunt, Tom Coughlin, Lovie Smith, Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz all received extensions in the past 10 years within weeks of taking their teams to the Super Bowl. Martz was the only one with two years remaining on his contract.

Thompson and McCarthy each received five-year extensions following the 2007 season.

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