MILWAUKEE -- Packers president Bob Harlan plans to strip
coach Mike Sherman of his general manager duties and is targeting Seattle Seahawks executive Ted Thompson as a replacement, a Green Bay team
source told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed
published reports that Harlan is pursuing Thompson, who is
Seattle's VP of football operations and used to work for the
Thompson was scouting the East-West Shrine game in the San
Francisco Bay area and was unavailable for comment.
Harlan, who returned from an NFL meeting in New York and met
with Sherman late Wednesday, wasn't returning phone calls Thursday,
the team said. Sherman, who didn't return a phone message at his
office, is scheduled to have his season-ending news conference
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette and
Wisconsin State Journal all reported Thursday that the Packers want
to hire Thompson.
Thompson's contract with the Seahawks expires in June. The
Seahawks couldn't prevent him from interviewing or accepting the
Packers' GM job as long as Harlan offers him full authority over
football operations -- including the ability to hire and fire the
Sherman has a year left on his contract, which pays him about $3
million for his dual roles. It's not clear whether the club or
Sherman will go through with plans to discuss a contract extension.
Messages left for Sherman's agent, Bob LaMonte, weren't
immediately returned Thursday.
Sherman took over GM duties in 2001 after the retirement of Ron
Wolf, the architect of Green Bay's revival in the 1990s.
Thompson served as pro personnel director and director of player
personnel under Wolf from 1992 to 1999 in Green Bay, working with all
three of the Packers' top personnel men: Reggie McKenzie, John
Dorsey and John Schneider.
Thompson joined Mike Holmgren in Seattle after the 1999 season
and has run the draft and advised him on personnel decisions.
Sherman is 53-27 in the regular season since becoming Packers
coach in 2000, but he's only 2-4 in the playoffs, including a
first-round loss to the Vikings last weekend.