John Dorsey to Packers Speculation Intensifies
We’ve been talking about who the Green Bay Packers’ next general manager will be for a couple weeks now. Although Ted Thompson is under contract through the 2018 draft, there have been rumors that he may step aside as soon as this year.
The one name we’ve been hearing a lot lately as a potential replacement is Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey.
The Journal Sentinel fanned those flames again this morning.
The best bet is that Kansas City GM John Dorsey would return to the Packers to succeed Thompson, providing a replacement isn’t needed for at least another year. He’s contractually obligated to the Chiefs through the 2018 draft.
Securing a successful, savvy evaluator like Dorsey, especially one with 23 years of scouting experience and five years’ playing experience for the Packers, would make it a coup for Murphy and the corporation’s hierarchy.
The Dorsey-to-the-Packers rumor was first suggested by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who noted that Dorsey is in the final year of his contract and has chosen not to sign an extension. We took that to mean Dorsey’s contract expired after this season. After all, you would say that T.J. Lang is in the final year of his contract, as it expires when the Packers’ season does.
McGinn is obviously suggesting that Dorsey’s contract does not expire this year. He also previously suggested that vice president of football administration Russ Ball was the man for the job, so maybe he’s going senile after all these years.
Either way, Dorsey would be a get for the Packers. Although we like director of football operations Eliot Wolf just fine, Dorsey has more experience and he’s successfully run another team.
The timing will be interesting. If Dorsey and Thompson’s contracts do in fact expire at the same time, you have to wonder if this succession wasn’t planned all along.