Ted Thompson’s philosophy as Packers general manager–draft all of your good players and re-sign them to second contracts–has been rather simple.
Thompson has rarely signed any outside free agents to big money deals. He has only been interested in his own guys. It has worked with some players like Jordy Nelson, Josh Sitton and T.J Lang, but it hasn’t worked with guys like Brad Jones, A.J. Hawk and Morgan Burnett.
Thompson didn’t sound like he was going to deviate from that philosophy during his press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last weekend.
“There’s always surprises,” said Thompson. “We try not to get too worked up on what could or couldn’t happen. Like I said, it’s been our policy and it will continue to be our policy and if we can, we would like to keep our own free agents. We take it day by day and let it sort itself out. Every year it’s a little different, as a whole the market is different year-to-year so we’ll work it out.”
Hopefully, that is just saying what he needs to say, because this offseason Thompson must consider change. The team has slid backwards each year since winning the Super Bowl, and his own free agents aren’t worth going the extra mile to keep.
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