While the entire world of Packers fandom is focused on Green Bay’s tilt Sunday in Atlanta for the NFC Title, there was some big news released Thursday about the future of the organization.
That news, was the new contract given and agreed to by Eliot Wolf. The 34-year old is the Packers director of football operations and was a finalist for the 49ers GM job. However, after signing his new contract in Green Bay, Wolf pulled his name from consideration.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 19, 2017
Wolf wasn’t promoted, but has been five times under Thompson, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. It’s also a sign that the succession plan Mark Murphy talked about a few weeks ago, has Wolf at the center of it.
The long-time member of the Green Bay front office, is the son of Ron Wolf, the architect of the Packers 1996 championship team. Over the years, he has proven to be a vital part of the organization’s football hierarchy and allowing him to leave would have been a huge mistake.
Packers keep sought-after GM candidate Eliot Wolf in the family https://t.co/Rg4xVAM3S3
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 19, 2017
Thompson is signed through 2018 and is on the back nine of his career. There was even talk he could move into an advisory role as soon as this offseason. So making this move and keeping Wolf was critical for the Packers.
Right now, it doesn’t look like the transition will happen right away but sometime in the next 2-3 years. After all, it’s safe to assume Wolf re-signed in Green Bay after being assured he is the next in line. Otherwise, why would he do it?
Hopefully, that’s the case. Thompson is great and has done wonders for the Packers, but sooner rather than later, he will step away and when he does, Wolf should be the one to take over.