Thompson has spoken with McCloughan

ORLANDO, Fla. -- I ran into Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson as the NFL owners meeting began here Monday morning. Thompson talked to a group of us on a number of topics I'll be sprinkling into the blog over the next week. But one timely issue we broached was the already-rumored possibility he could add San Francisco general manager Scott McCloughan to the Packers' front office.

McCloughan, a former Packers scout, is on an extended leave of absence from the 49ers. Thompson said he has spoken with McCloughan recently "as a friend" but "not from a business standpoint." Technically, McCloughan remains a 49ers employee and wouldn't be able to discuss job opportunities with any team.

The Packers haven't yet filled the opening left behind by former director of football operations John Schneider, who left to become Seattle's general manager. Thompson said he wasn't certain whether the job will be filled.

"We'll see," Thompson said. "It depends on how we make it through the spring. We're functioning pretty well right now."

The full story hasn't been told of McCloughan's looming departure from San Francisco. But there is little debate in NFL circles that he is an excellent judge of talent, meaning his addition could only help the Packers moving forward.