Thompson got new deal in December

That was quick.

Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said last Sunday that he planned to extend the contracts of general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy in the wake of the team's victory in Super Bowl XLV. Friday evening, Murphy announced the first part of that sequence.

Thompson has signed an extension that he initially agreed to in December, Murphy said. Exact terms were not immediately available, but Thompson had two years remaining on a five-year contract he signed after the 2007 season.

It's interesting that Murphy decided to extend Thompson at a time when it wasn't clear if the Packers would make the playoffs, much less win the Super Bowl. That debate is moot now, of course.

Thompson, 58, has been the Packers' general manager since 2005. He hired McCarthy before the 2006 season and is expected to spearhead negotiations for the coach's next contract. Based on the speed with which Murphy announced Thompson's deal, I would suggest checking back hourly until we have an official announcement on McCarthy.