Thompson reassignment caps wild Black Monday for Packers

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Ted Thompson will transition into a new role for the franchise, leaving team president Mark Murphy and the Packers to find a new general manager.

The Packers missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2008.

Multiple media outlets, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and ESPN.com, reported Monday that Thompson, 64, would remain with the Packers and take an advisory role in the team's personnel department. The 67-year-old has been an assistant coach in the National Football League since 1986.

In his nine seasons in Green Bay, the Packers had a top-10 defense only twice, in his first two seasons.

Thompson often drew the wrath of Packer Nation for largely ignoring free agency and rarely making trades. Thompson has been the GM since 2005 when he made Aaron Rodgers his first pick as the head man. And that played a part in several painful playoff losses in recent years.

Capers joined the Packers staff in 2009 after one season as a special assistant with the New England Patriots.

The Packers are expected to conduct a full search for a GM, which could also potentially include current Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider and Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, who formerly worked under both Ron Wolf and Thompson in Green Bay. Green Bay also went to four NFC Championship games under Thompson and went 1-3 in those contests.

Whoever takes over as general manager will have to make a decision on what to do with head coach Mike McCarthy, who is entering the final year of his contract.

The Packers also could look at outside candidates.

It's just the third time in McCarthy's 12 years as head coach he has fired a coordinator.

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