Packers were 'overjoyed' Thompson will stay through '15

The Green Bay Packers waited patiently during a run to Super Bowl XLV and beyond to announce that the organization had come to terms with general manager Ted Thompson on a new contract.

They struck a new deal more than two months ago on Feb. 13, and according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 58-year-old Thompson will earn about $2.5 million annually in a deal that now runs through 2015.

What’s interesting about the report is that the club apparently wasn’t sure if it would be able to lock Thompson up long-term. The three-year extension was announced last week and a similar extension is coming for coach Mike McCarthy.

Per McGinn, some who know Thompson well have expressed questions about how long Thompson wants to continue in his role.

“Ted's in a very secure place financially and knowing who he is and what he wants to do," one source told McGinn. "He's a football guy through and through. The thing he doesn't like is all the other (deleted) that goes with it. At some point, sooner than later, he's going to say, 'You know what? I've had enough of it.'"

So, consequently the Packers’ brass was “overjoyed” when Thompson signed on through 2015. Now, of course, he has to go about the business of trying to repeat. That’s never easy.

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