When is the last time you saw Ted Thompson in public?
Here’s the only time we’ve seen Thompson out and about and it had nothing to do with football.
A rogues gallery of former Oiler teammates at the Final Four, left to right: FS Mike Reinfeldt, LB Ted Thompson, QB Oliver Luck and WR Mike Renfro. Except for the gray, they all look like they can still play. All terrific guys too. pic.twitter.com/Q6TG5dfeUm
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 3, 2018
Per usual as of late, Uncle Ted is looking a little lost there.
Ever since Thompson was removed from his post as general manager of the Green Bay Packers and re-assigned to a senior advisor role, it started to become clear, little by little, that Thompson was actually being phased out.
At first it was suggested that Thompson would be watching film and scouting, while advising new general manager Brian Gutekunst. Then, strangely, Thompson wasn’t present with the rest of the staff at the Senior Bowl. It was said he would appear at the combine, but he wasn’t there either.
And now he pops up at the Final Four? Have you ever seen Thompson at an event that didn’t have something to do with football?
It seems pretty clear that Gutekunst has decided to go his own way. That he wants to put his own stamp on the team. That became obvious with the way that he’s approached free agency.
So does Thompson have any role at all?
Or was this just a nice way to phase him out?
I would say both, although his role seems minimal at best.
Thompson is most likely evaluating tape of college players here and there. That seems to be what he was best at, although it didn’t pay off very well in recent years, as his ability to draft impact players started to slip.
I would guess by this time next year, Thompson is gone completely. Thanks for your time and effort. Here’s one last payday.