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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Packers Free Agency Thoughts

As the first wave of NFL free agency comes to an end, Ol’ Bag of Donuts react to what the Green Bay Packers have done so far and speculate what it all More »

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From The Benches: More Free Agency and the Offensive Line Draft Class

The boys are back to talk more offseason. Though the Packers haven’t yet been active on the free agent market there’s still plenty to discuss. They start out with news about Packer free More »

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TitleTown Sound Off : Addressing the Packers Cornerback Crisis

The Packers have a lot of homework to do at cornerback, and Titletown Sound has your answer key! Cody and Nick give you a massive rundown on names to know at the More »

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From The Benches: Free Agency with Steve Shoup from FanSpeak.com

The boys are back to dissect a wild beginning to NFL free agency and to do so they’re joined by Steve Shoup of FanSpeak.com. They quickly list the signings of the Packers’ More »

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From The Benches: Where in the World is Randall Cobb?

The boys are back with a brand new show just before the beginning of unrestricted free agency. The guys have a guest in place of Ryan with TitleTown Soundoff’s Cody Bauer. The More »

Looking Back: Tramon Williams

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The Monday signing of Tramon Williams to the Cleveland Browns marks the end of his impactful, eight-year run in Green Bay. Over that span, the Packers made seven post season appearances and won Super Bowl XLV at the end of the 2010 season – something that Williams had a big part in.

After being signed by the Packers in November of 2006, Williams started 19 of the team’s 48 regular season games between 2007 and 2009. In November of 2009, Williams took over a starting cornerback spot after Al Harris suffered an ACL injury that ended his season, and eventually his career.

Williams broke onto the scene during the 2010 season with 57 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and six interceptions. He followed up his spectacular regular season with an even better post-season. His last-minute interception of Michael Vick in the endzone sealed the Packers’ Wild Card win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He then followed up with two interceptions against the Atlanta Falcons the team’s next game – the first a touchdown-saving pick in the endzone, and the second a 70-yard pick six with under a minute to play in the first half. This was Williams’ first interception return for touchdown in his career. He also broke up a late-game Ben Roethlisberger pass in Super Bowl XLV to seal the win for the Pack.

Williams’ play in 2010 earned him both a Pro Bowl nod and a new, $33 million contract.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Fab Five 3.0?

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2007 was a true renaissance season for the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers were entering the second season of the Mike McCarthy era, with few people having ultimate confidence in the new head coach.  After all, McCarthy had been hired away from San Francisco, where he was the offensive coordinator for an offense that wasn’t very good.  The Packers had started 4-8 in 2006, but won their final 4 games and avoided a losing season.  Instead of calling for McCarthy’s head (and Thompson’s head for hiring him) the fans had reason for optimism heading into 2007.

More than any other time than I can remember as a fan the mid 2000s Green Bay Packers were defined by one player.  Brett Favre was the Green Bay Packers.  The #4 jersey was simply what you wore to Lambeau Field to watch the game.  Every passing touchdown was like a life experience as he approached all the major passing records.  Fans hung on every word at every press conference and each offseason prayed to the football gods that Favre would return.

The issue was that the QB and the team appeared that they might be in decline.  After losing the 4th and 26 game to the Eagles, Favre and the Packers had gone 22-26 in the next 3 seasons, which was unfathomable during the Favre era.  Favre was a big part of that decline.  During that 3 year stretch, Favre’s TD to INT ratio was a brutal 68-64.  In 2006 Favre only completed 56% percent of his passes, good for 26th in the league, right behind Matt Leinart and just ahead of Jake Plummer, Rex Grossman and Bruce Gradkowski.

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From The Benches: Free Agency with Steve Shoup from FanSpeak.com

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The boys are back to dissect a wild beginning to NFL free agency and to do so they’re joined by Steve Shoup of FanSpeak.com. They quickly list the signings of the Packers’ unrestricted free agents before diving in deeper. They start with Randall Cobb resigning with the Packers and Davon House leaving town to sign with the Jaguars.

They then move on to an interview with Steve; getting his view of FanSpeak and his opinions on free agency and the draft. Then it’s back to the Pack. They break down the Bryan Bulaga signing and discuss the importance of getting Tramon Williams back in Green Bay.

In this week’s “Behind the Bench” they break down the NFL Draft’s wide receiver class as it pertains to the Packers. They close with a discussion on what Ted Thompson should do with the remaining $19 million in cap space.

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Packers Thompson Starts Free Agency His Way

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Packers general manager is a man of few words, and even fewer smiles. He isn’t a bombastic circus sideshow like owner/GM Jerry Jones. It’s never about Ted. It’s about the football. Yesterday, as free agency had just begun, Thompson had already proved he is shrewdly one of the best in the league.

He’ll never be one to act like a star-struck groupie willing to get herpes from an over-the-hill, washed-up rock star playing the local bingo hall like the organization on the other side of the Mississippi. He’s stingy when it comes to free agency, and there needs to be a specific need before he’s willing to enter into a bidding war with other teams. The Packers needed a leader in the secondary, and he pulled the trigger on Charles Woodson. Last year the defensive line needed some heft, and he signed Letroy Guion.

So when the Packers were mentioned and interested suitors yesterday in the Darelle Reavis speed dating saga, I had to laugh. He wouldn’t cross the $7 Million line for tackle Bryan Bulaga, and signed Randall Cobb for a hometown discount the day before. You really think he was going to pay a king’s ransom for a reconstructed knee and would even entertain paying a corner more than his MVP quarterback. Reavis is good, but he isn’t that good. There was no way Thompson would’ve payed $70 Million over 5 years. (Whether he was at the table to get other teams blow their entire cap may be another story.)

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2015 NFL Draft: Packers Position Preview: WR

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When I decided to put together the Packer Position Preview series I actually had tight ends penciled in to this slot.  For whatever reason, my mind normally goes QB, RB, WR, TE, OL.  When I looked the schedule again I realized I couldn’t do that.  I realized that I had to wait until the Randall Cobb situation was resolved.  Resolved it was.  Cobb returned on a 4 year $40 million deal on Saturday night.

I wrote a little bit about Cobb’s value and really what his return says about the culture in Green Bay.  I’m going to expand on the wide receiver position in Green Bay during this week’s Football Friday, but it’s remarkable how much signing one player changed the outlook on the wide receiver position for the Packers in this year’s draft.  All of a sudden the top 5 receivers on the team are signed through 2017 and the top 2 options are Pro Bowl players under contract through the 2018 season.

Ron Wolf has said that one of his greatest regrets was not supplying Brett Favre with enough weapons.  Ted Thompson has always kept this in mind.  You would think that there would be some concern with the recent losses of Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley, but Thompson’s pass catchers keep on rolling.  Aaron Rodgers has two of the top 12 receivers in the league on his team, and an ascending 2nd round pick (like all the other studs were).  Behind them are a young tight end with fantastic hands, a local legend who wowed in last year’s training camp and an athletic freak who has captivated the fan base to a level that’s borderline comical.

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The Highlights of Packers Free Agency

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As the sun rises on the official start of the 2015 NFL season, numerous free agents are looking forward to signing contracts with new teams. Over the years, there have been some mega signings made on this day – Drew Brees to the Saints, Kurt Warner to the Cardinals, Peyton Manning to the Broncos, and Shannon Sharpe to the Ravens.

While Ted Thompson and the current Packers organization are more likely to let the free agency signing period come and go without much pomp and circumstance, there have been a times where Green Bay has opened up their wallet and paid some big name players.

1. Reggie White

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Probably the biggest free agent signing in NFL history happened when defensive lineman Reggie White decided to ink a surprising deal with the Packers. After singing with the team, White said, “I wanted to try to get a new start, and hopefully find a team that would be devoted to winning.”

A coveted free agent in 1993, White anchored the line for six seasons, boosting the defense to tops in the league during his tenure with the team. White tallied 68.5 quarterback sacks, good enough for a Packers record at the time. He also had 239 tackles, forced 14 fumbles and had one interception.

White was also crucial to the Packers two Super Bowl appearances following the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He was also crowned the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1998, a year in which he has 16 sacks – and celebrated his 37th birthday. Let’s take a look at some highlights.

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Looking back at the 2008 Green Bay Packers Draft

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In the 2007 season, despite a lack of big impact from the Draft Class, the Green Bay Packers defied expectations, exploding offensively to obtain a 13-3 record and a first round bye in the playoffs. After defeating Seattle behind a dominant Ryan Grant performance, the Packers fell one interception short of the Super Bowl, losing to the Giants in overtime 23-20 in what would be the final game for Brett Favre in Green Bay.

After his departure, Ted Thompson went full speed ahead I the draft, landing three huge pieces for the offense. Trading out of the first round was a risky move with some good players on the board, but it paid off big time. Let’s take a look.

ROUND 2 (36) – Jordy Nelson, WR. Kansas State

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Hard to top this pick in Round 2. Nelson took a couple years to develop, but exploded in Super Bowl XLV, pulling in 9 catches for 140 yards. It would have been even more if not for a few drops. He put up his first of 3 (and counting) 1,000 yard seasons in 2011, cementing him as the favorite target of Aaron Rodgers. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014, breaking the Packer record for yards in a season. He signed an extension worth $39 million before last season. A real home run pick.

ROUND 2 (56) – Brian Brohm, QB. Louisville

BAP: Mike Pollak, OL. Arizona State

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