|Packers, McCarthy closing in on contract extension|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 18 January 2008 13:11|
Packers chairman Bob Harlan said Friday negotiations between the team and McCarthy are progressing well but are not complete.
``The signed copy has not crossed my desk yet,'' Harlan said.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported on its Web site Friday that McCarthy and the team have agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth about $4 million per season, citing an unnamed NFL source.
Harlan said negotiations have been going well, but this week has been ``slow'' because Packers general manager Ted Thompson was in Houston scouting the East-West Shrine game and McCarthy has been preparing the team for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field.
``Ted's handling it with Mike, and it's going very well,'' Harlan said. ``It's just not finished.''
McCarthy confirmed earlier this week that the two sides were making progress on a new deal, but didn't seem eager to talk about it for fear that it could create a distraction going into Sunday's game.
McCarthy has a year left on the original three-year deal he signed in January 2006, but NFL teams often try to lock up valued coaches before the final season of their contract - especially when they lead the league's youngest team to a 13-3 regular-season record and a playoff victory, as McCarthy has done this season.
Packers officials have said publicly that they hope to have a new deal with McCarthy in place before the Super Bowl, a move that would provide long-term stability at three of the team's most important management positions.
Earlier this month, the Packers gave a five-year contract extension to Thompson. And last month, former Northwestern athletic director Mark Murphy was chosen to become the successor to Harlan, the Packers longtime top executive.