The Packers announced Tuesday that the team is transitioning Thompson from General Manager into an advisory role. McKenzie and Schneider, however, are general managers with the Raiders and Seahawks, respectively, and the Packers likely would have to make a trade if they wanted one of those candidates.
According to multiple media reports, the Packers actually handed McCarthy a one-year extension during the season.
It's possible the Packers could extend McCarthy again or start over with a new deal once a general manager is hired. As a result, there are expected to be a bevy of changes to the Packers' organization this offseason. His forthcoming firing seemed certain yesterday after head coach Mike McCarthy refused to talk about Capers's future with the team shortly after letting the Lions score 35. McCarthy does have a Super Bowl win, as he and the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2010. Director of football operations Eliot Wolf and director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst may be viewed as the favorites to earn a promotion to GM.
Thompson curtailed his scouting schedule in recent years following hip replacement surgery and delegated more authority to his deputies.
This will be the first football hire for Murphy, who became president in 2008.