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Ted Thompson sticking to usual plan this offseason

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The Packers have signed free agents from outside the organization infrequently under General Manager Ted Thompson and it doesn’t sound like there’s going to be much change this offseason.

While Thompson admits he “possibly” botched the handling of the backup quarterback spot, leaving the Packers rudderless in the immediate aftermath of the Aaron Rodgers collarbone injury, he was otherwise pleased with the way that the team reacted in the face of injuries during the 2013 season. As he a result, he’s not in any greater hurry to add veterans to the roster than he’s been in the past.

“If an opportunity presents itself and it helps us be better, then yes,” Thompson said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But I think doing it for the sake of doing it is a waste of time and energy. If we get the opportunity, if it presents itself and makes sense for the club with the way we put things together, we’re going to do it. We’ve done it in the past. We try to do it selectively.”

The Packers have plenty of their own free agents to sift through, including cornerback Sam Shields, wide receiver James Jones and defensive tackle B.J. Raji, and there doesn’t figure to be much money to spend on free agents from the outside even if there were a great desire to do so.

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  1. myasylum11 says: Jan 22, 2014 8:48 AM

    I’ve stood by Thompson, but at this point without getting into free agency I don’t see the Packers being a contender. The NFC is getting stronger and the Packers are just more of the same. Its time to step up the game or the Thompson era may be over.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 22, 2014 8:49 AM

    Why wouldn’t he? It’s the best way to do it and resulted in a Super Bowl championship. HOw many other teams can say they’ve been the Super Bowl champion in the past 5 years?

  3. scoops1 says: Jan 22, 2014 8:50 AM

    Sheilds stays…Jones goes….Raji goes…

  4. emoney826 says: Jan 22, 2014 8:50 AM

    Shake my head. Thanks Ted. While the other three north teams catch up, we can sit back and do nothing. Is it going to take a losing season without a division title for this guy to realize this?

  5. greenbaydean says: Jan 22, 2014 8:50 AM

    Keep doing what you been doing Ted. 5 straight years in the playoffs, 3 straight division titles and little thing called a Super Bowl Championship…

  6. gbpackersfan12 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:01 AM

    “If we get the opportunity, if it presents itself and makes sense for the club with the way we put things together, we’re going to do it. ”

    Maybe I read this wrong? He said if it’s the right fit he will do it. Ugh….offseason news.

  7. fartweasel says: Jan 22, 2014 9:21 AM

    Ted Thompson got lucky when Rodgers fell into his lap, other than that, he has done nothing. Their defense is terrible, no backup QB, suspect O-line.

    This year with Rodgers out, it showed how bad of a team the Packers really are. And their one/done in the playoffs even with Rodgers shows that he alone can’t win games for them.

    Vikes, Detroit and Bears all look to be improving. Should make for an interesting 2014.

  8. gpack22 says: Jan 22, 2014 9:21 AM

    Well Ted, just keep doing what you’re doing and hopefully you’ll be gone soon. (Lifelong Packer fan and live in shadows of Lambeau BTW). The Packers caught lightning in a bottle in 2010 and w/o Desean Jackson’s miracle would’ve never got there in the first place. Take that year out and Teddy, McHorriblePlayCaller and Aaron are 1-4 in the playoffs with 3 “One and done’s”. Only win versus a back up QB.

    Only reason they’re there this year was remaining NFC North teams crumbled. The defense he put together sucks, and that not just an opinion. Hasn’t hit on a 1st round pick in 4 years and took him what 4-5 years to find a running back. Please tell me how this guy is so great and with 12 out of the lineup it only magnified his deficiencies.

  9. packerblitz says: Jan 22, 2014 9:24 AM

    Why does everyone keep thinking Raji is a must-sign free agent this offseason for the Packers? He is not coming back. Hasn’t done a single thing since his TD in the NFC Championship game. If he doesn’t produce in a contract year, how is he gonna do with a brand new long term deal?

  10. deflateddome says: Jan 22, 2014 9:25 AM

    Sherrod, Bulaga, Perry, Jones. Just keep what your doing Ted. McMuffin says they need more impact players on defense now. Seems to me they have been drafting nothing but defense sans Lacy.

    I hope he has a plan to find and start UDFA’s for starters next year. Rogers goes down and the team would be lucky to win 2 games.

  11. deflateddome says: Jan 22, 2014 9:30 AM

    The best news for the Packers is that Murphy announced record profits for the team this year. Which means:

    No FA’s
    The Stock went up to 300.00 per rag
    No money to replace Combover Capers

    I smell a Championship next year..

  12. stellarperformance says: Jan 22, 2014 9:37 AM

    The Packers will be fine just the way Ted does it. He hasn’t hit on significant draft picks lately, but that is a cycle for all teams. The odds are he will hit again, as he has in the past.

    The Packers were held together, again, with duct tape and popsicle sticks. They still won the division, and would’ve held SF to 20 points and advanced if Micah Hyde didn’t have butterfingers. The O lost that game, not the D. They have talent returning, they will make some changes, and they will get back to the promised land they deserve.

  13. GenXJay says: Jan 22, 2014 9:46 AM

    Complete & utter decline. Handcuffed a couple of huge contracts. Greedbay.

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 22, 2014 9:47 AM

    It has to make us feel good that the Packers were 5-6 games better than anyone in the division this year, and that won’t change any time soon.

    The Vikes are going to be playing outside the next few years, which will effectively end Peterson’s career. Once he is gone the Vikes won’t be able to play keep away and will actually be even worse (if that’s possible).

    The bears defense is on the decline, and they’re not doing anything to change that; while their offense still isn’t as good as Green Bay.

    The lions are the lions. They’ll blow every opportunity they get; and as long as they have stafford they’ll contend for last in the division with the Vikes.

    If the packers can get a good safety and some line backer depth, they’re just as good as any team in the NFL. The playoff game vs San Fran showed everyone who knows anything that even with lots of injuries, the Packers have closed the gap between them and the niners. And we already know they can beat the Seahawks in Seattle. They really did it last year.

  15. vikescry1 says: Jan 22, 2014 10:00 AM

    fartweasel says:
    Jan 22, 2014 9:21 AM
    Ted Thompson got lucky when Rodgers fell into his lap, other than that, he has done nothing. Their defense is terrible, no backup QB, suspect O-line.

    This year with Rodgers out, it showed how bad of a team the Packers really are. And their one/done in the playoffs even with Rodgers shows that he alone can’t win games for them.

    Vikes, Detroit and Bears all look to be improving. Should make for an interesting 2014.

    ————————————————————————————————————————– i disagree with you, he signed woodson and ryan pickett they were 2 key pieces of our superbowl win. he also drafted nick collins and signed tramon williams and sam shields and big howard green the superbowl year. now granted green busted the next year and williams hasn’t been the same since that year. but he also drafted players like randall cobb and jordy nelson. also we had a 4th round pick play relatively well at left tackle this year ( david baktiari). so your argument that he has done nothing makes no sense. he did draft 2 offensive tackles in the first round and has tried to fix this team through the draft. yes he hasn’t hit on all his picks i agree, and it would be nice to see him sign a couple more free agents. but thats not how he does it, i am willing to give him another year. hayward and hyde and mike daniels are intriguing picks he has made on defense the last couple of years.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 22, 2014 10:08 AM

    The Packers would be a frightening team if they ever landed a decent GM.

  17. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 10:15 AM

    So he’s going to stockpile as many sixth-round picks as he can trade for and completely botch the backup quarterback situation again? Sounds good.

  18. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 10:16 AM

    Interesting that the only Packer fans who are supporting Ted are the trolls like tokyo and carl. Congratulations to the intelligent Packer fans who can recognize a guy who lucked into a one-man team.

  19. purpleguy says: Jan 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    TT is a great general manager, but I still picture him hanging out with his computer in a dingy dark basement all off-season, only coming upstairs when mom has the meatloaf ready.

  20. diveleft says: Jan 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    Thompson must be as delusional as the Packer fans. How can he say he “possibly” made a mistake with the back up QB position? Even Packer faithful have to admit he messed up there with no back up plan in the event Rodgers went down.

  21. zinjaboy says: Jan 22, 2014 11:36 AM

    the packers, with a bad GM and no backup to the one man on the so called “one man team”, still won the season series against the vikes and still won the division. good lord, that’s got to be so frustrating for those of you in the land of 10,000 lost championships.

  22. emoney826 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:41 AM

    It’s disappointing when some of my fellow packer fans are satisfied with division crowns and one super bowl. Did we not learn anything from the Favre era? So much potential with a HOF quarterback but only one ring. The same thing is happening before our very eyes. We have a superstar QB surrounded by mostly average players. Besides the receivers and RB, there is nothing special about us. And we saw how average our receivers can look when you don’t have a good QB throwing to them. This is not good enough to win rings. In a weak division, division titles are possible, but I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of losing to the same powerful defenses every January.

    We’re going to look back 15-20 years from now thinking about what could of been with this team. If only we sprinkled in a decent free agent here or there, maybe we could have been remembering multiple super bowls instead of the one magic carpet ride.

  23. purplezimmerpride says: Jan 22, 2014 11:41 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 10:15 AM

    So he’s going to stockpile as many sixth-round picks as he can trade for and completely botch the backup quarterback situation again? Sounds good.

    __________________________________

    Unfortunately that includes winning the division and beating my Vikes…. Again.

  24. rikker12 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:48 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:

    Interesting that the only Packer fans who are supporting Ted are the trolls like tokyo and carl. Congratulations to the intelligent Packer fans who can recognize a guy who lucked into a one-man team.
    __________________________________
    They lucked into getting Cobb, Nelson, Lacy, Collins (freak injury), Mathews, Jones, Jennings, Shields, Williams, Sitton, All Pro Bowlers, not to mention Bulaga, Bakhtiari, Daniels, Hawk, Lang and Masthay, real solid starters. Oh and we lucked into 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 straight division titles and a Super bowl VICTORY!!

  25. zinjaboy says: Jan 22, 2014 11:50 AM

    agreed emoney! we definitely have miles to go before we sleep. i, too, am tired of one and done. we have another HOF QB with a great receiving corps and a quarter horse in the backfield capable of 20 carries/100 yds/game. our defense blows for sure and TT better get his personnel in place, however he chooses to do it. i don’t care if it’s FA or the draft. oh, and packer coaches, if you’re listening – the qb from the 49ers – Kaepernick – he’s good at tucking and running. something to think about.

  26. revealer67 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:52 AM

    Thompson’s philosophy is broken. He’s had the fortune of having TWO once in a lifetime QB’s gifted to him and has done little to nothing to support them.

  27. beerbratscheese says: Jan 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    The Packers caught lightning in a bottle in 2010 and w/o Desean Jackson’s miracle would’ve never got there in the first place.

    I can’t stand people who keep bringing this up unless they also point out that, had that famous Calvin Johnson catch in the endzone been ruled a catch (which it should have been), the Packers would have had a first round bye in that years’ playoffs.

    The Packers deserved to be in the playoffs that year. Period!

  28. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 22, 2014 12:08 PM

    I guess the “all-in” FA approach of the Vikes is better? You went all-in on Favre to the tune of almost $30M over two years and what did that get you? A heartbreaking NFC championship game loss. Actually, I guess you did learn a lot from that experience. You learned that even when Brett Favre has the most magical of seasons fueled only by his hatred of Ted Thompson (brought on by “perceived” slights), that you still CAN’T win the Super Bowl. And if you can’t win a Super Bowl under those conditions, odds are you never will. That must be a relief – knowing you never have to endure the stress that comes with a Super Bowl championship season.

  29. qoojo says: Jan 22, 2014 12:11 PM

    The main FA he has to sign is Shields. I have not seen list of FAs this year, but they need help on defense. The dilemma on defense is that they switched to 3-4 because MM had a hard time preparing an offense against, and it was supposedly easier to find LBs compared to DLmen. This far in, and they are still looking for that OLB opposite CMIII. The ILB position has regressed due to injury. The main issue with the defense is the complete lack of pressure on QBs.

  30. rogstew2 says: Jan 22, 2014 12:12 PM

    I like how the guy who drafted the NFL ROY at the end of the 2nd round gets called overrrated and broken.

    Dopes, the lot of ya.

  31. ps3988 says: Jan 22, 2014 12:37 PM

    My only gripe about TT and MM is that neither of them ever admits to any mistake. They encourage their players to learn from their mistakes, but they don’t even acknowledge their own. The article mentions TT’s mishandling of the back up QB slot. Obvious, huge, mistake. As an example from MM (and there are many to choose from). In the second last game of the season (forget the opponent). 12 seconds left in the half, no time outs left, GB has the ball on their own 25 yard line. Instead of taking a knee, MM calls a run with Lacy, right up the gut against a stacked box. An extremely low percentage play, not even worth running in that situation. So, Lacy gets hurt, limps off, and semi-injured for the rest of year with the ankle injury. McCarthy says he’d call it again? When the odds of injury greatly outweigh the chance of that becoming a scoring play, probably by a 100 to 1, that is a mistake. A costly mistake, and a stupid one. At least tell fans you won’t be that dumb twice. If you really think there is a chance to make a 75 yard TD (because with no time outs and 12 seconds left on the clock a field goal is out of the question), is your best play call a run into a defensive front stacked against the run? Take a freaking knee and get to the half, no chance for injury.

  32. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 12:47 PM

    rikker12 says:Jan 22, 2014 11:48 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:

    Interesting that the only Packer fans who are supporting Ted are the trolls like tokyo and carl. Congratulations to the intelligent Packer fans who can recognize a guy who lucked into a one-man team.
    __________________________________
    They lucked into getting Cobb, Nelson, Lacy, Collins (freak injury), Mathews, Jones, Jennings, Shields, Williams, Sitton, All Pro Bowlers, not to mention Bulaga, Bakhtiari, Daniels, Hawk, Lang and Masthay, real solid starters. Oh and we lucked into 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 straight division titles and a Super bowl VICTORY!!
    _______

    In that same time period, the Vikings acquired the following Pro Bowlers: Greenway, Peterson, Rice, Allen, Harvin, Rudolph, Kalil, Walsh, Patterson, Farwell, Felton, and Favre, not to mention “real solid starters” Rhodes, Smith, Sullivan, Guion, Robison, and Loadholt. Without Rodgers, your team is worse than the Vikings. So if you’re going to say Ted Thompson is great, you’ll have to say the Vikings are great.

  33. bgrillz says: Jan 22, 2014 1:00 PM

    Well, the Bears, Lions and Vikings have all been active in the free agent market, how many division titles have they racked up doing that?

  34. kproffo says: Jan 22, 2014 1:05 PM

    GreatTT what a hoot! I see you conveniently forget the last place in the NFC North 3 of the last 5 years. There is your greatness in a nutshell.

    But as the resident Vikings apologist your very low expectations are well…. to be expected.

  35. Deb says: Jan 22, 2014 1:11 PM

    Neither the Packers nor the Steelers are big players in the free-agent market–which can be frustrating for fans hungering for a little off-season action. But they’re also two of the most consistently successful franchises over the long term. You can’t argue with success.

  36. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 1:25 PM

    I’m not sure why Packer fans have so much trouble understanding. The only point I’m making is that the Packers are a bad team without Rodgers. With Rodgers, they’re a good team. Wasn’t that proven this year? Am I going way out on a limb here?

  37. tangysizzl says: Jan 22, 2014 2:02 PM

    Ted Thompson is a good GM but hes a one trick pony, if he can’t fill all his needs in the draft then he fills them with street FAs no other team wants or throws a bunch of undrafted FAs at the holes in the roster until someone sticks.

    No one is saying TT needs to spend huge money in early free agency but he needs to sign some players that have played actual NFL games for other teams in this league. At one point this season 50 of the 53 players on the roster had never played in a NFL game for anyone other than the Packers. That’s not a recipe for championships, we need some decent vets that know this game and have been there and done that.

  38. dahmergeinteam says: Jan 22, 2014 2:12 PM

    I love my Packers so much, I got excited there for a moment. I thought I read Ted Thompson on a stick. Mmmm.

  39. kproffo says: Jan 22, 2014 3:04 PM

    Yes GreatTT as usual you are way out on a limb. The Packers performance under Matt Flynn showed the Packers to be a decent team with even average QB play. Not a perfect team by any means, but a team that is much closer to the top of the NFC than the bottom. And also a team that has less problem areas then you believe.

    This fact has been proven repeatedly by the Packers record and a Championship within the last 5 years. You can’t spin it any other way.

  40. icebowler says: Jan 22, 2014 3:18 PM

    When he completely blows a pick in the first four or five rounds, not due to injury, like S McMillan, I think he need to make up for it by signing a defensive free agent, in order to stay on course. Another advantage to free agents is that they have proven over three or more years that they can stand up to the rigors of the NFL without constant injuries. In TT’s defense, he has lost three top assistants to GM jobs in the last four years. Last years draft was better, so I’m hopeful he has now replaced that front office talent, and our scouting will improve in the next few years.

  41. zinjaboy says: Jan 22, 2014 3:22 PM

    GreatTT’s comments are spot on. without good players, like rodgers on the packers, they wouldn’t be good. in other words, good players make good teams. so if you don’t have good players you won’t have good teams. it follows then that if you have bad players, you’ll have a bad team, mostly because you don’t have good players, which, as we now know, is what it takes to have a good team. let’s hope the packers keep getting good players so we can keep having good teams. what we don’t want are bad players because then we’ll have a bad team instead of a good team, like we have now. thanks for the logic lesson, GreatTT.

  42. rikker12 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:04 PM

    You take a great QB away from any team, and the team is going to play below the teams expectations. GB back-up QB was a mess and Thompson admitted to it.. If GB had some kind of stability at that position, they would have least won 4 of those games that Rodgers didn’t play…….
    You put a great QB on the Vikings, they would be average. You take the great QB away and you end up in last place.

  43. deltaoracle says: Jan 22, 2014 4:24 PM

    A bunch of other GMs let Rodgers fall through their laps.
    Same with Matthews, Nelson, and others.
    Yes they are limited with all the $ invested in #12 but what is the alternative? Trying to ride Ponder to the Super Bowl? Or worse, her husband?
    That said, TT really needs to hit his picks this year.

  44. onbucky96 says: Jan 22, 2014 4:44 PM

    Ted, spend some bloody money. Get a Safety that can tackle AND get picks. Still, same ‘ol Packers. Deep pockets but short fingers come March.

  45. linemanguy74 says: Jan 22, 2014 5:01 PM

    Great news for the rest of division live in the past just like your fans

  46. RedRuffensor says: Jan 22, 2014 6:02 PM

    Remember when TT refused to give the Bills a 4th-round pick for Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch in 2010? What might have the Packers accomplished with Lynch on the team since then? That, in and of itself, proves that TT’s approach is flawed.

  47. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 22, 2014 7:02 PM

    Ted will probably be enshrined in the Pro Fooball Hall of Fame. And deservedly so.

  48. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 24, 2014 11:35 AM

    Ted, you want to remove the best player and say a team is worse than other teams?

    Remove the best player from both teams, and the packers are still much, much better.

    Silly hypotheticals are what losers do.

  49. beavwarius says: Feb 1, 2014 3:22 PM

    as usual, the tt haters show up in force. lets review; they refuse to admit tt and the packers were correct in moving beyond the favre circus. they have moved to strengthen the team by addressing the best needs available in the draft. they have only gone after free agents the team can afford, in areas with need, while drafting with depth and for development. they have refused to mortgage the future on high profile free agents, and trading valuable draft picks to “move up”. they have continued to build and develop their own players to play in their system. all while remaining competitive in the league. as with any business, some moves don’t pay of, others reap surprising results. seems like a sound business plan to me.

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