McCarthy, Thompson Will Get Extensions

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Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson

Can't argue with success.

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy says both general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy will get contract extensions.

Their current deals both run through 2012.

“We want Ted and Mike to be with the Packers long term, and I’m confident that they will be,” Murphy said.

Murphy will handle Thompson’s extension and Thompson will handle McCarthy’s. McCarthy, who got an extension after the Packers reached the 2007 NFC Championship game, currently makes $3.4 million per year, which now looks low.

New England coach Bill Belicheck is the highest-paid coach in the league at $7.5 million per season. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, who is also in line for an extension, is the highest-paid coach in the NFC North at $5.5 million per season. The San Francisco 49ers made the biggest splash on the coaching carousel this year by signing Jim Harbaugh to a deal at $5 million per year.

McCarthy’s number is likely to be north of $5 million per season, but the coach says he expects to finish his career with the Packers.

“I would hope this is my last job,” McCarthy said. “I’m a builder, and we have built something special. This program was built the right way, has quality people in Aaron Rodgers and all the way through that are going to lead this football team for a long time.”

With the Packers winning the Super Bowl, no one can argue that Thompson and McCarthy have earned long-term security. Negotiations should be nothing more than a formality.

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10 Comments on "McCarthy, Thompson Will Get Extensions"

  1. jeremy

    EXTEND CAPERS TOO!

    I never write in all caps.

    They had better role that over into a deal for Capers that makes him the highest paid Coordinator in the NFC.

  2. AZ Pack

    Agreed… All of the coaching staff did a great job this year, however Joe Whitt, Kevin Greene, and Capers are the people we need to lock up for a long time as well.

  3. Killa

    GODDAMN IT!!!
    I talked alot of shit this year about TT and MM. I for one was the biggest hater of both.
    I now will have to grab some seasoning salt and eat my words.
    I hate that I was wrong but I love the Packers enough to admit I was wrong about these two individuals.
    MM called what I think is the best game he’s called all year. He knew when was good to throw and when they NEEDED to run. It’s not his fault Nelson and Jones didnt bring their hands to the game.
    I do want to state right now weather or not I agree with these two, I will not publicly criticize them ever again. Tehy have been right and I am wrong. Go Pack Go SB CHamps.
    Your welcome.

  4. Shawn iltarion

    It all started when they stuck with A-Rodge instead of making the popular choice and giving Brett his job back. Leaders make tough decisions. That’s why I’ve always given these guys the benefit of the doubt.

    Frankly, they’ve now increased the ante on themselves. They will need to draft and coach better than ever now.

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