Thompson done as Packers GM

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There is nothing worse than a head coach going into the season on the final year of his contract. Bombshell, according to Rapoport, who is citing sources.

However, adding just one year to his contract would allow the next general manager to seriously entertain a coaching change after the 2018 season.

McCarthy is now signed through the 2019 season although terms of the deal were not announced.

Even with kicking General Manager Ted Thompson upstairs after 14 years, the Packers took a step toward creating some organizational stability, and they did it quietly. Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and assistant linebacker coach Scott McCurley have also been let go. There could be some other shuffling on the offensive staff as well. He served as Seattle's vice president of football operations until 2005, when former Packers president Bob Harlan hired him as the Packers general manager.

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Things could get awkward depending on how the GM search plays out, although it's widely believed an internal candidate will eventually fill the role, with either Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutenkunst emerging as likely in-house replacements for Thompson.

Thompson fired Sherman at the end of 2005 and hired Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy, 54, holds a regular-season record of 121-70-1 through 12 seasons in Green Bay.

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