Ted Thompson saves Packers' dollars for home-grown talent
Besides preferring to build through the draft, there's a reason Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is doing nothing more than window shopping during the NFL free agency period.
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#1 Mar 18, 2013
Pretty good article on Ted Thompson's way of thinking and his philosophy of running the Packers. We, as fans, would love to see the Packers sign FA's and improve the team but at what cost? While I am one of those fans that would like to see the signng of the occassional "home run" FA there are simply not that many available. Signing Rodgers and Matthews to extentions is a must for the Packers. Building the Packers through the draft is what TT does and, thus far, has worked pretty well. As the article says, they do look at free agents but will not put the team budget in jeopardy when they would rather sign players they already have that they feel will keep this team competitive. Just because a team goes out and signs a bunch of FA's doesn't mean it's goin to be a winner. Recent history has shown that the majority of Super Bowl winners have been built through the draft and development of those players leading to a championship with a few FA's sprinkled in. The Packers are the only professional team without an individual or group of owners ad that has to always be considered. TT ill not sign any FA just for the sake of signing one. Nor will he sign one because the fan base is expecting or demanding that he do so. He will do it if it is economically feasible and can help the team. I woud like to see him explore the Elvis Dumervil situation and see if there is a possibility of bringing him to the Packers. To me, he is the one player who would have an immediate impact on the Packers as long as it would stay within the Packers salary structure.
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