Green Bay Packers embark on change, to replace general manager Ted Thompson

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on March 1. Thompson is leaving his job as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, a big change after one of the league’s most successful and stable teams missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the first time since 2008. The Packers (7-9) have not formally announced the move that surfaced in media reports on Monday, but players spoke about the transition as they cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday. (AP photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — One of the NFL’s model franchises for stability and success, the Green Bay Packers have embarked on an offseason of change after missing the playoffs and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 2008.

Ted Thompson is out after 13 years as general manager but will remain as senior adviser of football operations. President/CEO Mark Murphy said a search for a replacement has started.

This should be an attractive opening since the Packers aren’t far off from returning to contender status. Two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to return to full health next season following a collarbone injury.

“I think with our organization, the success we’ve had in the past, I think very realistically we can win Super Bowls in the near future,” Murphy said Tuesday at Lambeau Field. “And it’s now on us to get the right people in place and move forward.”

The Packers have several in-house candidates. But whoever replaces Thompson will have Mike McCarthy under contract through 2019, after Murphy said the coach was given a one-year extension during the season. The extension prevents McCarthy from having lame-duck status with a new GM.

“Kind of like Ted, the two of them together have had a great run. We have all the confidence in the world in Mike,” Murphy said.

The Packers’ Super Bowl victory in 2010 was the highlight of Thompson’s 13-year tenure, which also included four NFC championship game appearances.