Demovsky: Packers signed McCarthy to contract extension through 2019

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As a result, there are expected to be a bevy of changes to the Packers' organization this offseason.

Coach Mike McCarthy received a one-year contract extension during this past season, sources told ESPN. His forthcoming firing seemed certain yesterday after head coach Mike McCarthy refused to talk about Capers's future with the team shortly after letting the Lions score 35. The second was 2008, Aaron Rodgers first year as a starter. Together, they won Super Bowl XLV, the Packers' first title since Super Bowl XXXI. He stayed with the Packers until 2000, when he left to join former Packers coach Mike Holmgren with the Seahawks.

If the Packers choose to promote from within, there are several potential candidates, including director of football operations Eliot Wolf, CEO Mark Murphy, vice president Russ Ball, director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst, or senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith.

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Thompson curtailed his scouting schedule in recent years following hip replacement surgery and delegated more authority to his deputies. However, the Packers could lose any or all of those scouts if they're bypassed for the GM job.

Thompson is under contract through the 2019 draft and it's not clear what his role will be with the team, most likely as a personnel consultant.