Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is one of the best in the business, and the organization is looking to reward him this offseason for his work over the past couple seasons. Per sources close to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn, Packers president Mark Murphy is working to extend McCarthy’s contract, which was first extended to five years in 2011. His deal will expire in 2016, with GM Ted Thompson’s deal set to expire months later.
McCarthy is currently making $6.5 million a year, so it will be interesting to see just how much he’ll make on his new deal. It will also be interesting to see if/when Thompson joins him, as he’s also a well-respected decision-maker in this league and has worked with McCarthy for quite some time.
Any new deal would likely make McCarthy one of the highest-paid coaches in the league, and it would also be an implied vote of confidence for the GM. Teams don’t like to re-sign a head coach while not re-signing a GM, because the departure of said GM would create friction between the current head coach and the subsequent GM (take a look at the New York Jets as a prime example). In this case, most head coaches- no matter how good they are- would approach lame-duck territory. That’s one of the last things Murphy wants, and a coach as good as McCarthy, who is excellent at putting offensive players in a position to succeed, should never be forced into that kind of situation.