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Ted Thompson extension 'top priority' for Packers

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Ted Thompson's contract extension is a 'top priority' for the Packers.
Ted Thompson's contract with the Packers is up in 2016. (USATSI)

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The Packers held their annual financial meeting recently, revealing how much national revenue they pulled in ($187.7 million) and therefore how much the 32 NFL teams split (more than $6 billion).

Packers CEO and President Mark Murphy also addressed other issues, including the status of general manager Ted Thompson's contract.

Thompson will be a "free agent" when his contract expires in the spring of 2016 and Murphy called inking him to an extension "a top priority."

"It's a top priority. Ted has been instrumental," Murphy said.

How could it not be? Thompson took over as the Packers GM in 2005 (he was a Ron Wolf disciple in Green Bay before leaving to work in the Seattle front office from 2000 through 2004). The Packers averaged 9.56 wins from 2005 through last season.

Thompson was integral in bringing Aaron Rodgers to Green Bay and creating a succession plan at quarterback; it's resulted in an impressive run over the past five years, including a Super Bowl victory in 2010.

It's completely understandable why locking down Thompson (who looks like David Byrne, right??) is a major priority for the Packers moving forward.

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