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Packers approach odd anniversary

Ted Thompson AP

The unremarkable transaction came across the NFL wire on March 27, 2009: Packers signed center/guard Duke Preston. The Packers haven’t signed an unrestricted free agent since.

Preston didn’t exactly work out; he was released during training camp.

Almost three years later, it sounds like the Packers may be willing to tip their toe in free agency. We heard the ever-unreliable Combine buzz that the Packers were interested in a few noteworthy free agents.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted that G.M. Ted Thompson and the Packers have interest in Texans center Chris Myers. McGinn also implies that the Packers won’t necessarily sit out this free agent session.

Until the Packers do jump back into the free agent market, Duke Preston will remain their latest, greatest free agent signing.

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36 Responses to “Packers approach odd anniversary”
  1. philshady25 says: Mar 1, 2012 3:33 PM

    The Packers have 2 of the greatest free agent signings ever. Reggie White and Charles Woodson.

  2. medtxpack says: Mar 1, 2012 3:37 PM

    I wish it was chatter, but its starting to look like we will lets Wells walk. I dont agree with it, but then again im not the coach, the GM or any type of quality control personnel. Im just an owner.

  3. superdanlp says: Mar 1, 2012 3:40 PM

    For the kind of money wells wants I am more than ok with letting him walk. Chris Myers would be a nice signing. I think we also need to sign 1 more impact player on defense via FA, the rest can be handled with the draft.

  4. lakescout says: Mar 1, 2012 3:42 PM

    36-12 record since with a Super Bowl victory. I think it’s safe to say that this is a winning approach.

  5. noeffinway says: Mar 1, 2012 3:43 PM

    Ya’ll better find a veteran backup QB……Rodgers is gonna fizzle next season! By November cheesehead nation will be flabbergasted!!

  6. firethorn1001 says: Mar 1, 2012 3:54 PM

    Hope they spend big in free agency because everyone knows that is key to winning a Super Bowl.

  7. thinwhiteduke76 says: Mar 1, 2012 3:56 PM

    I don’t think it’s Ted Thompson’s way to sign free agents. Say what you want about him, but that Super Bowl squad in 2010 was mostly built off the draft.

    I like how the Packers run their business, but with their defense in the shape it’s in, it might not hurt too bad for Ted to look for some good free agents to help fix that defense. Their offense is bolstering and they are loaded with talent, but Rodgers is never going to win another Super Bowl without the held of the other part of the team (Defense) doing their job.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 1, 2012 4:04 PM

    All I’ve heard from Packer fans for the last two years is that the only way to build a team is through the draft and that any team that signs a free agent is trying to take shortcuts that will lead to the eventual doom of the franchise. Now we’ll hear nothing but what a genius Ted Thompson is at signing free agents.

  9. nineroutsider says: Mar 1, 2012 4:05 PM

    Given what they have done in that time frame, the Packers have one hell of a front office. The scouts should get a nice raise! Every team wants to operate this way.

    Some teams do try like the Bucs, but….

  10. killface4prez says: Mar 1, 2012 4:10 PM

    29 wins and 1 super bowl in the last 24 months has to buy Ted Thompson the benefit of just about any doubt at this point, but I am starting to get a little worried.

    The packers kept the wrong linebacker when they let Barnett go and signed Hawk for big money. They badly misjudged Cullen Jenkins’ value, and their ability to replace him. Now they appear to be on the verge of making the same mistake with Wells.

    Incidentally, it’s a mistake they already made once. In 2009, they wrongly believed that Jason Spitz was the better player and benched Wells. Spitz played his way off the team and Wells became a pro bowler. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, I guess.

  11. killface4prez says: Mar 1, 2012 4:12 PM

    noeffinway: “Ya’ll better find a veteran backup QB……Rodgers is gonna fizzle next season! By November cheesehead nation will be flabbergasted!!”
    —————————————-

    The beauty of making ludicrous, baseless statements like this is that nobody will remember you made them in 6 months when they are proven false. And even if they do, you can just change your screen name.

  12. dlindstedt2 says: Mar 1, 2012 4:16 PM

    Do what you need to do to get the likes of Peprah off of the Packers. That is all I ask. Get Peprah out of a green and gold jersey. The kid stinks… while you are at it, I dont care about his Special Teams skills, take Bush with ya.

    I couldn’t believe my eyes after Bush laid out a guy and stood over him taunting him… the guy by the way, scored a touchdown… I dont know, but the running back did his job, Bush didn’t and you are going to taunt. Get the hell out of GB

  13. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 1, 2012 4:17 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Mar 1, 2012 4:04 PM

    All I’ve heard from Packer fans for the last two years is that the only way to build a team is through the draft and that any team that signs a free agent is trying to take shortcuts that will lead to the eventual doom of the franchise. Now we’ll hear nothing but what a genius Ted Thompson is at signing free agents.

    ————

    Really? I think you might stretching the truth because everytime you post this I tell you that the Packers like to primarily build through the draft, but will occasionally sign free agents when it makes sense (e.g., Reggie White, Charles Woodson). By the way, can you guess what each of those two signings have in common? Hint: viks don’t have one.

  14. gregm5s7 says: Mar 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    while avoiding locking up big salary figures on free agents has worked well, letting Cullen Jenkins walk last year was a mistake. Relying on not proven Mike Neal hurt this team and wasn’t worth the risk. He’s still had a few good years left, is consistent, and was willing to take less to stay

  15. stavreafavre says: Mar 1, 2012 4:41 PM

    If Timid Ted went after free agaents maybe they’d have won a Super Bowl in the last few years, right?

  16. mrslay1 says: Mar 1, 2012 4:43 PM

    Who ever said Hawk was a bad choice is crazy! The pack do need some defensive help but Hawk is a beast!

  17. emperorzero says: Mar 1, 2012 4:54 PM

    Hind sight is 20/20. TT let Jenkins walk because he has a history of injuries. It back fired last year, but that doesn’t mean Jenkins is suddenly a healthy bull. I do agree with the notion that TT didn’t have an adequate Plan B in place to help Matthews out with the pass rush.

  18. anactualnflowner says: Mar 1, 2012 4:58 PM

    Latest yes, greatest no. Remember Charles Woodson? or Ryan Pickett? I feel like this post is a slight against the Packers roster building strategy… Remember that Super Bowl we won after not signing a free-agent the year before and losing 12 players to IR? Suck on it, Rosenthal.

  19. drumnw says: Mar 1, 2012 5:07 PM

    Really…who keeps track of this stuff?

  20. duhbears says: Mar 1, 2012 5:10 PM

    Eh? Reggie White was how long ago? It’s even 6 years since Woodson signed with the packers. So I wouldn’t brag on FA signings. That said, you can’t argue with they way they do things. Solid. This from a Bears fan (ouch,yes it hurt).

  21. sojumaster says: Mar 1, 2012 5:17 PM

    Shouldn’t that be almost three years later … not four?

  22. glac1 says: Mar 1, 2012 5:20 PM

    You build a team through the draft and should only use free agency to plug that final hole or two in a roster. Teams like Green Bay, Pittsburgh and New England take that approach. Ask teams like Washington and Dallas how successful they’ve been by living off of free agency.

  23. brobokil says: Mar 1, 2012 5:46 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Mar 1, 2012 4:17 PM

    Really? I think you might stretching the truth because everytime you post this I tell you that the Packers like to primarily build through the draft, but will occasionally sign free agents when it makes sense (e.g., Reggie White, Charles Woodson). By the way, can you guess what each of those two signings have in common? Hint: viks don’t have one.

    ————-

    Jared Allen. 22 sacks. Boom.

  24. quizguy66 says: Mar 1, 2012 5:51 PM

    2012 minus 2009 = 3. It’s almost 3 years since the Pack have signed a free agent – not 4. Clip the comment if you like, but at least correct the article.

    Pretty interesting factoid, for sure – any idea what team has gone the next-longest without signing an UFA.

    -QG

  25. teal379 says: Mar 1, 2012 5:52 PM

    All this talk about letting Jenkins go – on this very site at the start of the year it was reported that Cullen hit FA, the Eagles offered a contract and he jumped. Cullen left the Packers and never gave them a shot to match.

    Was it wrong to let him go and test FA? No. Not at his age and injury status.

    I believe if Cullen had come back to the Pack and said “Eagles offer X – will you match” – Ted would have.

    The guy GB REALLY missed was Jolly. He was worth more to that D and pass rush than Cullen was.

    As to future FAs and how to build a team – FA is just a label, Ted will get a guy based upon value. FA, UDFA, moving in the draft (Matthews), etc.

  26. The Prophet says: Mar 1, 2012 6:23 PM

    I guess he finally realized his stubborn “draft only” position actually isn’t realistic, and was able to produce one lucky SB team, but didn’t have the personnel to actually go far into the playoffs a second time. And honestly two of the most important players on the team Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett were both free agent signings for big money. Imagine if Ted wasn’t so stubborn in avoiding free agents in so long, they could’ve won their 3rd Super Bowl last year!

  27. brenenostler says: Mar 1, 2012 6:43 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me. Ted Thompson’s never been a player of free agency. Bill Polian was the same way.

  28. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Mar 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    the prophet says:
    hey, i think the superbowl win was lucky..

    luckier than your favorite team. you must really be floorio, because only a snarky troll would make such ridiculous statements about the team with the most championships. i guess they were lucky in all 13 of them…

  29. youboettcha says: Mar 1, 2012 6:59 PM

    @brobokil

    Jared Allen arrived in Minnesota via trade. Boom.

  30. tangysizzl says: Mar 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    Nearly every fan of every team would like their team to be somewhat active in UFA.

    Packer fans and a few other teams fans almost always get the shaft during this time of year, hopes and dreams get crushed as all the FAs go elsewhere.

    Signing a FA or two once in a while is not bad for a team, especially when hes a fit for the role your signing him for and he doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Think of it as, for every UFA you sign, thats one less of your own players you can sign now or in the future.

    Philly did well last year in terms of value but that was a strange situation and they took advantage of it, maybe they over did it a little. Didn’t work out too well for them though so far.

    All I know is im human and I can’t lie, the thought of The Pack signing a guy like “Super” Mario Williams to help fix the pass rush is exciting but I know theres literally no way its gonna happen and I am ok with that.

    This year it would be nice to find a good pass rushing threat DE or OLB in UFA to take some of the pressure off of trying to land a good one in the draft.

  31. thejuddstir says: Mar 1, 2012 9:54 PM

    “EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – State emergency officials are renewing their warnings about snowblowers, after seven men in the Eau Claire area suffered severe hand injuries this week.

    Officials say the injuries occurred in separate accidents as the men used their hands to clear wet, heavy snow from their snowblowers. Four required surgery, and three of those had at least one finger partially or completely amputated.”

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    Hey they’re all happy, as “stockholders” they got to clean the snow from Lambeau for free!
    Have just a few more beers you rednecks, LOL

  32. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:07 PM

    Is that a pic of Brett Favre texting?

  33. killface4prez says: Mar 1, 2012 10:25 PM

    mrslay1 says:
    Who ever said Hawk was a bad choice is crazy! The pack do need some defensive help but Hawk is a beast!
    —————————————————

    It was me. I said that. Hawk is a “beast”? I don’t even know where to begin with that one. 53 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles in 2011. Those are not beastly numbers. Have you even watched him since he took off his Ohio State uniform? I defy you to come up with a single game-changing play he has made in the last 2 years.

  34. txbearmeat says: Mar 2, 2012 1:19 PM

    We all know that TT won’t sign a high priced FA. It throws the salary cap structure out of whack. It ticks off your own guys who’ve been doing good work that want a raise. And no football team is alike – baseball is largely an individual sport. Football is not – someone who looks awesome on one team could really not fit in with the scheme/structure of another team.

    I could see TT going after a center for a few mil a year. Maybe a backup DL or OLB. Not big $$$ guys. That’s gonna be the draft – it always has been for TT…

  35. stavreafavre says: Mar 2, 2012 4:44 PM

    Juddstir – congratulations, you are Turd of the Week.

  36. axespray says: Mar 2, 2012 6:55 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven:
    “All I’ve heard from Packer fans for the last two years is that the only way to build a team is through the draft and that any team that signs a free agent is trying to take shortcuts that will lead to the eventual doom of the franchise.”

    2009: GB 11-6 Min 13-5
    2010: GB 14-6 Min 6-10
    2011: GB 15-2 Min 3-13
    Gee, were we proven right or no?
    How’d the eagles do this year compared to teams like The Giants/Packers/Patriots?

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