Packers Morning Buzz: Thompson not done yet
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s latest on the new role former Packers general manager Ted Thompson is embracing under new GM Brian Gutekunst.
Over the next few months, Thompson is expected to play a significant role as the Packers evaluate prospects and finalize their board ahead of this year’s NFL draft. By shedding the burdens associated with managing the 53-man roster and overseeing the clerical side of an organization — the totality of which finally wore him out as he approached his 65th birthday — Thompson can immerse himself in the film room to concentrate on what he does best: identify talent.
And in that regard, Gutekunst is eager to utilize the skills of his former boss.
“I think he’ll have a big role,” Gutekunst said. “With his experience and doing this for as long as he’s done it at a high level, I’m going to lean on him tremendously.”
By bringing Thompson’s responsibilities into focus, Gutekunst has thinned the cloud of ambiguity hovering over a rather broad and nondescript title. At the time of the change, team president and CEO Mark Murphy told reporters the job description for a senior advisor to football operations would be finalized after a new general manager was hired. Gutekunst echoed that notion in his introductory news conference by saying he planned to speak with Thompson in the near future to hash out specifics.
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