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Packers continue to not pursue free agents from other teams

Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson AP

Remember that report about the Packers plan to spend big money on free agents from other teams?

Nearly three full days into the process, the Packers haven’t disappointed in their ongoing disappointment of Packers fans.  Just peruse the PFT Packers page for the headlines from the past week.

They’ve re-signed a few of their own, including a contract for cornerback Sam Shields that approaches the top of the market for the position.  But apart from a visit with former Texans tight end Owen Daniels, the Packers have done nothing with free agents from other teams.

In fairness to the Packers, it’s still early.  They can be active participants at any point in the process; last year, the Ravens waited until after June 1 to sign linebacker Daryl Smith, who became a key contributor in 2013.  Eight years ago, when G.M. Ted Thompson made his only big splash in free agency, he signed Charles Woodson in late April.

Cornerback Tramon Williams has lobbied for an influx of older players on defense.  While it hasn’t happened yet, it could happen at any time, especially as the market slows down and the bargains emerge.

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  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Mar 14, 2014 9:33 AM

    Maybe the report was wrong? Duh. When does spending big ever work out when the season starts? Ask the Dolphins or Eagles.

  2. ravenswhat says: Mar 14, 2014 9:36 AM

    As long as they have Arodg they can be competitive on the cheap. That’s what Ted is going with.

  3. chmura97 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:40 AM

    Do you hear that……the window closed!!!

  4. 24mountaincreeks says: Mar 14, 2014 9:40 AM

    “the Packers haven’t disappointed in their ongoing disappointment of Packers fans”

    Since Ted took over = 9 seasons, 86-57-1, 6 playoff appearances, 4 division titles, 1 Lombardi trophy, 1 NFL MVP, 1 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1 NFL Offensive Rookie of the year.

  5. arnoldziffel says: Mar 14, 2014 9:41 AM

    Who says you have to try and buy every piece of crap that comes onto the market in order to be successful?

    A very logical approach by the Packers … in this feeding frenzy, teams are purchasing other teams castoffs at inflated prices. Every dollar you spend on somebody else’s free agent means that’s less money you have to spend on your own guys.

    It’s better to sign Jody Nelson and Randall Cobb, whose contracts expire next year – to long term deals rather than blow your money on somebody else’s players – at inflated prices.

    Sign a cornerback for 2 years at 12 million and 20 million? Gee … what a bargain.

    The Packers biggest problem the last two years is keeping their full complement of players healthy through a full season.

  6. mountaindont says: Mar 14, 2014 9:42 AM

    And yey they continue to get beat by teams who ARE active in the fee agent market. TT has been awful at drafting on the defensive side of the ball. Other then Matthews nobody on the defense is much above average at this point. TT is depending on filling all the holes on defense with 5th and 6th round draft picks. Its going to be the same defense as the Packers had last year and the year before and the year before. What’s the definition of insanity again ?

  7. jkindler429 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:43 AM

    Two quality backfield players still there, I would take J Allen to a short term deal.

  8. floriojr says: Mar 14, 2014 9:46 AM

    “In fairness to the Packers, it’s still early. They can be active participants at any point in the process; last year, the Ravens waited until after June 1 to sign linebacker Daryl Smith, who became a key contributor in 2013″

    How did that work out for the Ravens ? I must have missed that playoff run.

  9. perkjctc says: Mar 14, 2014 9:47 AM

    While building through the draft is a good strategy, sometimes you need to sign some free agents to plug some holes. As we know from season’s past, this team has a ton of holes. The Packers will win their weak division again and be one and done again once it comes playoff time. Have fun with another disappointing season Packer fans.

  10. packersownthenorth says: Mar 14, 2014 9:47 AM

    Superbowl Win followed by 15-1 followed by two more division crowns…….. Who’s complaining?

    At times it can be be frustrating to never sign anyone – but to see the cap hell other teams put themselves in, I am glad we have Uncle Ted at the helm.

  11. cuns2317 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:49 AM

    Yeah that Peyton Manning singing hasn’t worked out at all

  12. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 14, 2014 9:49 AM

    14th championsh…..

  13. quickstrong says: Mar 14, 2014 9:50 AM

    All the free agents are “free agents” for a reason. They could be an expensive problem if they do not work for the new team. Not always a good idea to pick up another teams problem.

  14. reesesteel23 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:54 AM

    It’s not about spending Big money…it’s about getting better..and they aren’t serious about it obviously. If you’re not going to spend the money to get better then make that Oline the best in the game…and keep Brauns boyfriend upright since you are relying solely on his arm

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 14, 2014 9:57 AM

    Packers handling free agency perfectly so far. Nobody who has signed is worth the deals they’ve made. Mr. Ted Thompson is smarter than you

  16. roadbiscuit says: Mar 14, 2014 9:57 AM

    That “report” came from Ian Rapoport’s CrapSheet. He’s almost 100% consistently wrong about Green Bay.

  17. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Mar 14, 2014 10:04 AM

    From what I saw from GB’s pass defense (equally terrible to Philly’s) is that they should not be TOO proud about ignoring Byrd, Revis and Talib

  18. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2014 10:06 AM

    The Packers, when healthy, are a very good all-around team. They were one fumble-fingered interception away from keeping San Francisco from advancing, and they did it with popscicle sticks and duct tape. And Seattle is good, but not legendary.

    Their priority needs to be keeping their starters on the field. What are they doing about that? That’s the question.

  19. irishstout says: Mar 14, 2014 10:09 AM

    Peyton Manning was a special case because quarterbacks are always a special case. A future hall of fame franchise quarterback even moreso. Saying “Peyton Manning made the Broncos better, ergo, paying a ton of money for free agents works” is just silly. It’s the most outlier of outliers.

    Different teams and front offices have different philosophies. Some teams are willing to wreck their cap to go all in on a couple seasons even if it means having to gut the team afterwards and have a miserable couple of seasons. TT and the Packers tend to try to be competitive every year so they can make the playoffs and hope to get hot in January (see 2010).

    I prefer the Packers way. I’ve had to suffer through only a couple truly miserable seasons over the last two decades as a result. Not many other teams have fans who can say that.

  20. mikefromsaskatchewan says: Mar 14, 2014 10:10 AM

    “From what I saw from GB’s pass defense (equally terrible to Philly’s) is that they should not be TOO proud about ignoring Byrd, Revis and Talib”

    ^ This. They have done a good job of drafting and keeping their own, that being said, from the outside it looks like a GM who is a smidge too arrogant to admit he might not have this team fully stocked at all positions. They are a few great players away from contention; you don’t have to break the bank and sign everyone, but they could afford to add a few guys to that D, and likely won’t.

  21. aldante66 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:13 AM

    I have no idea, unless the author was bored and had to come up with something, why he or anyone would say this is the year Ted spends the money.
    Once your a tight ass your always a tight ass.

    Ted is doing what Ted does: sitting back waiting for his own free agents, who to date no one is interested in, to come crawling back looking for a deal. Then Ted will take some of them back but at a very low price hopefully and pocket the difference.

    Ted is saving his money for next year, he has some top talent to resign. So he is thinking ahead to 2015 and will put an inferior team on the field in 2014 and miss the playoffs.

  22. fpi2008 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    The fact that this surprises anyone is the most surprising part.

  23. mountaindont says: Mar 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    The Packers are also benefitting from a very weak division. They can’t compete with SF or Seattle that had been proven. It appears they aren’t going to do much to fill the void on defense to be able to compete. You are right free agency isn’t over. Picking through the scraps of the free agency pile isnt the solution. Of course you can’t just throw money away either. Packers cb Tramon Williams said it. “We need to get some experienced players” Don’t expect much change on the 2014 defense.

  24. aldante66 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:17 AM

    PS, Ted has 20 free agents this year to deal with, more than any other team by far. He cannot possibly draft enough new blood to fill those holes and a lot of these guys need to go they are bums.
    In the end Ted must, somehow find a lot of guys, on the cheap to just make the 53 man roster.
    His only recourse is to take some of these guys back and look for a lot of undrafteds to fill holes. A disaster plan if you ask me.

  25. linemanguy74 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:18 AM

    Remember last year,they didn’t win the division,it was given to them by the Lions and Bears

  26. ariani1985 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:19 AM

    And this team continues to be a laughing stock of the league when it comes to defense.

    #clownmusicanyone?

  27. hawkstradamus says: Mar 14, 2014 10:19 AM

    Who needs a defense, it’s not like they win championships or anything.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2014 10:21 AM

    The biggest issue with the Packer’s draft and develop strategy were injuries, when your first round draft choices end up on IR, then your strategy is sunk.

    They had two offensive tackles and one OLB, all first round draft choices, all on IR. Even their better later round picks were on IR and that forced them to use street FA’s and they still made the playoffs and were tied late in the 4th Qtr of the 49er game.

  29. aldante66 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:22 AM

    I’ve got the Packers at 6-10 this year missing the playoffs and again the next two years. My reasoning is the Vikes only need one decent QB to have a very talent filled team. The Lions just added a ton of speed to the receiving core and are working a deal to take the fastest receiver available in the draft. With our Safeties, were in deep trouble with that.
    The Bears just added two defensive ends and are looking at some top linebackers to fill the middle.

    These three teams are a few players from dominating the Packers and the Packers have done zilch at this moment in time to improve the team from last year.

  30. bombacim says: Mar 14, 2014 10:23 AM

    I love this. Look at these cheeseheads defending TT. You have the best player in football and you are ok with just winning division crowns. You know what good GM’s do. They try to win it all. Not just the division. Denver and Seattle had a combined 15 starters that were free agents. Because those GM’s realized that this window is short and you need to put yourself over the edge by filling those needs that do get filled by mediocre rookies. It’s the truth. And every team has figured this out but TT. Have fun living at just good enough to apease these meat head fans. And congrats on winning a crappy division every year and being one and done in the playoffs. GB has a great number of money left year after year. Where does that money go, if the team has no ownership? This is the one team in the country that should be spending every last dime they have year after year to go for that championship. Instead they have to sell worthless “stock” to even pay for stadium upgrades. Someone is getting rich on that extra cash by just being good enough.

  31. vargavarga says: Mar 14, 2014 10:23 AM

    Apart from a visit with former Texans tight end Owen Daniels, the Packers have done nothing with free agents from other teams.

    Maybe they’re just better at keeping their mouths shut. I’ve bet they been in “contact” with a number of FA from different teams. Ted will only spend when the market softens. Which it will, eventually. And there will still be contributors out there, cheap.

  32. 2liveted says: Mar 14, 2014 10:24 AM

    anybody who gets in bidding wars for free agents in the first free days of free agency is just asking to screw their future cap. Additionally history has shown the teams doing this don’t typically have success on the field everybody thinks in march. you build through the draft, take care of your core guys, and patch with lower priced fas that come later in free agency. the packers don’t make moves to appease their fan base they make moves to consistently be competitive. I’m 27 years old and have been a fan since I was roughly 5. 22 years, only 2 seasons of records below .500. i’m fine with what they’re doing.

  33. deflateddome says: Mar 14, 2014 10:24 AM

    Last year was an expose of the Packers. Rodgers goes down..they are a 3 win team. But since Ted can keep the Cap dollars by UDFAs strapped on Rodgers back..Then they feel they are successful..

  34. alfrommilwaukee says: Mar 14, 2014 10:26 AM

    I love all these smug Packer fans who tick off division titles like it’s something to hang your cap on. The Packers aren’t the Detroit Lions.; championships are what it’s all about and the Packers have been one of the most disappointing teams over the last 20 years with 2 of the best quarterbacks of all-time and only 2 Lombardi Trophys to show for it. The Packers have holes up and down the lineup yet Ted Thompson and the media who licks his boots fail to see that. The fact is, he hasn’t drafted well over the past 4 years. Drafting and developed is working out so well in Morgan Burnett’s case, isn’t it? One of the worst safeties in the league signed to a big contract ONLY because Teddy drafted him. I’d rather use that money to sign free agents. This team will win the division again, lose in the wild card round and some Packer fans will be happy. Unbelievable.

  35. bombacim says: Mar 14, 2014 10:28 AM

    “PS, Ted has 20 free agents this year to deal with, more than any other team by far.”

    See Chicago, then get back to me.

  36. oshkoshoz says: Mar 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    Packers fans love to beat their chests over their 13 NFL championships. What they don’t say is that nine of 13 came when there was 10 teams in the league and they played powerhouses like the Duluth Eskimos.

    In 2010, they waded through a weak NFC field and got luck against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Well, good for them, but the truth be told, Ted Thompson’s defense have been both soft and full of leaks and they’ve made early exits from the playoffs since 2010. The 2011 15-1 playoff loss was a doozy, at home against the 9-7 Giants. Embarrassing to be that good in the regular season and play that badly in a playoff game.

  37. rickytheviking says: Mar 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    2014 season

    Rodgers tears his ACL and Packers go 0-16

  38. cuns2317 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    Simple question, are they better now than the end of the season? Really expect them to overtake Seattle or San Francisco without making any moves? Just going to hope your fragile players magically don’t get hurt? Good luck with that. Has Glass Matthews ever played a full season?

  39. wyboemail says: Mar 14, 2014 10:36 AM

    All that I know for sure on paper is that the Bears have gotten a lot better on defense. The offiense will be even better since they lost knowone and have added a decent #3 WR in Hixon. Cutler will be playing in the same offense for the first time as a Bear. He was having a pro bowl season until the freak injury. O line will be better as well after playing for an entire year together. Add in the influx of Defensive draft picks and I think the Bears will be the favorite to win that division.

  40. leatherface2012 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:37 AM

    Packers fans love to beat their chests over their 13 NFL championships. What they don’t say is that nine of 13 came when there was 10 teams in the league and they played powerhouses like the Duluth Eskimos.

    finally someone said it, hammer meet nail, right on the head. world championships against teams that no longer even exist. they are truly terrible. nice run from 1969 till 1993 though.

  41. leatherface2012 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:38 AM

    and if rodgers goes down again? oh yeah put eddie lacy in as qb

  42. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 14, 2014 10:38 AM

    Why would any team want a player off the NFL scrapheap unless they were lacking in talent and management had screwed up?

    The Packers have plenty of their own talent that has to get signed or extended.

  43. irishstout says: Mar 14, 2014 10:39 AM

    “They are a few great players away from contention…”

    Contention. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    The Packers are in contention every year. That’s why you build a team through the draft and keep it young, to STAY in contention instead of wrecking your cap. The Packers make the playoffs every year, win the division more often than not, and were one fingertip interception away from knocking out the Niners. And they were doing that with an injury riddled roster and a QB who, however, talented, had just come off missing 8 games.

    The earlier commenter is right. The Packers don’t need to change how they do free agency, they need to figure out what the heck is bringing the injury bug to Green Bay and fix it.

  44. golforepar says: Mar 14, 2014 10:39 AM

    I was not aware BK gave breaks long enough for trolls to get internet access. Discredit Championships and root for ACL injuries? Some people really need to get a life.

  45. rbirving says: Mar 14, 2014 10:40 AM

    who cares about free agents? As long as the Packers keep Capers as DC their defense will suck wind.

    Please, don’t ever let him go….

    Every season the story is the same. The team that handles injuries best rises to the top. Seattle had the depth to keep rolling when players went down.

    Green Bay has had no depth on defense for a very long time. TT has not done well drafting defense and it shows. The player that gets injured is as good as they have and the guy who steps in immediatly becomes the weak link.

  46. puntonfirstdown says: Mar 14, 2014 10:40 AM

    Free agency is just a high-priced waiver wire.

  47. jgat12 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:43 AM

    Maybe people are looking at this from the wrong perspective… Perhaps it’s not Ted refusing to spend money, it’s players don’t want to play there. They got one look at the women in Eastern WI, saw that the fishing is not what it is next door in MN and headed for greener pastures. The only players you can get to play are the ones you draft apparently.

  48. irishstout says: Mar 14, 2014 10:45 AM

    “This team will win the division again, lose in the wild card round and some Packer fans will be happy. Unbelievable.”

    No, but we will be happy that we stay in contention year after year giving us more chances to take it all. You build to keep getting that chance, to get to January because once January is here anything can happen. If you go all in and mortgage your future it MIGHT work… but you might also lose in the first round, or score only 8 points in the Superbowl, and still be facing down future cap problems.

    And we’ll be extra happy that neither our front office nor our fans are either too impatient or too ignorant about football to figure out how to sustain success.

  49. 2liveted says: Mar 14, 2014 10:46 AM

    Packers fans love to beat their chests over their 13 NFL championships. What they don’t say is that nine of 13 came when there was 10 teams in the league and they played powerhouses like the Duluth Eskimos.

    finally someone said it, hammer meet nail, right on the head. world championships against teams that no longer even exist. they are truly terrible. nice run from 1969 till 1993 though.

    Well, heres something for you do to. add up the championships the packers have won vs any team in the league, but only use the years the other team has been in the league. for example, they have been around as long as the bears 13 vs. 9. since the Texans have been in league, 1 vs. 0. the packers have more titles than all teams except the ravens, who they are tied with at 2 vs. 2. nice try hater

  50. bowmanj35 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:46 AM

    look its fine to build through the draft, but green bay hasn’t built jack. I’m sick of McCarthy’s endless promise of big defensive changes and then, poof, nothing. Nada. last I checked every team gets to so the draft. he’s saying I’m smarter than you, but if you look at his picks, HES NOT. if it wasn’t for the insanely good (and ridiculously careful with the ball) Rodgers, I think these coaches and gm would have been run out of town.

  51. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 10:49 AM

    The real brains of the Packers organization left a couple years ago for Seattle. All’y’all Packer fans know this is true. Your team has a great, but aging QB and you’ll continue on your mediocre ways.

  52. jimnsota says: Mar 14, 2014 10:51 AM

    Say whatever you want Pack fans. We all know that you would of liked to ink a couple of D players. Sure you’ll need to sign Cobb and Nelson next year and tie up more money on your offense. Every team in the league has players they need to sign its called business. Keep up the good work TT your tighter then my grandma when it comes to spending $.

  53. tsi431 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:52 AM

    The Packers basically get 3 of the best play makers in all the NFL next year. Matthews, Cobb, and Hayward were injured all season. With Matthews and Hayward back, the defense will be completely different. Cobb’s versatility will no doubt make this team much stronger.

    They would be the equivalent of the top 3 elite Free Agents available.

  54. almighty1 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:54 AM

    Is this any different than EVERY OTHER OFFSEASON under Ted Thompson? No.

  55. pak1forgb says: Mar 14, 2014 10:55 AM

    If you need new players to feel better about the Packers why not consider Bryan Bulaga, Jerel Worthy, Clay Matthews, Casey Hayward and Randall Cobb the new guys considering they barely played last season? At full strength the Packers are an extremely dangerous team. They have been crushed by injuries the last few years. How would they look if Nick Collins and Desmond Bishop never get lost along with the other players that have missed significant time? Ted’s plan works other than AJ Hawk.

  56. gbmickey says: Mar 14, 2014 10:56 AM

    Maybe people are looking at this from the wrong perspective… Perhaps it’s not Ted refusing to spend money, it’s players don’t want to play there. They got one look at the women in Eastern WI, saw that the fishing is not what it is next door in MN and headed for greener pastures. The only players you can get to play are the ones you draft apparently.

    Are you all home schooled. Your team has more money than anyone and players are jumping of the ship. No amount of money could make Allen stay. Desperation sets in and have to pay backups all pro money just to stay on that pathetic team.

    As far as the troll talking about our defense, really? This coming from a fan whose team had the worst D in the NFL. You know how jealous you guys sound. Keep bringing the dumb comments and we will hit them out of the park.

  57. purplezimmerpride says: Mar 14, 2014 10:57 AM

    Awesome maybe the NFC North worst Vikings defense will have a chance to move up a notch and be the NFC North worst defense by a few yards less than last season

  58. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 14, 2014 10:58 AM

    When will we ever learn? Every year we bitch and moan when our teams don’t lavish huge contracts on big names in the opening days of free agency and then crush the teams that did when it turns out that they overpaid.

  59. golforepar says: Mar 14, 2014 11:00 AM

    The Packers have little interest in FA when you got guys who go to whatever team pays a $1 more than the rest. That shows how interested he is in winning!

  60. trumb1mj says: Mar 14, 2014 11:02 AM

    The Packers could be one of the big losers from the salary cap going up, up, up…

  61. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2014 11:16 AM

    I just don’t think TT likes to come out of his basement in the off-season.

  62. ariani1985 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:17 AM

    Remember in 1923 we beat the Fargo beet farmers for our 4 title! only 4 teams played that year but we won!

  63. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 14, 2014 11:25 AM

    The Packers are sticking with their draft and develop approach that has been so successful. By that, I mean luck into a Hall of Fame quarterback with the 24th pick in the draft, try to replace him with Brian Brohm, and have him turn out to be able to carry your team in spite of your best efforts to destroy it.

  64. mountaindont says: Mar 14, 2014 11:26 AM

    Using championships as the measuring stick. The NFL recognizes the Packers as the most successful team in NFL history.

  65. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 14, 2014 11:28 AM

    In the past 20 years, only 1 team has won more than 2 championships – the New England Patriots. There are 5 teams that have each won 2 championships: Packers, Broncos, Giants, Ravens, and Steelers. Winning championships is hard. There’s a lot that goes into that, if it were easy, any team could sign a bunch of free agents no longer wanted by their own teams and do it.

  66. vikescry1 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:29 AM

    3 of the last 4 superbowl winners are teams that don’t spend a lot of money on other teams free agents. seahawks, ravens, and packers. just saying.

  67. gbmickey says: Mar 14, 2014 11:35 AM

    The Packers are sticking with their draft and develop approach that has been so successful. By that, I mean luck into a Hall of Fame quarterback with the 24th pick in the draft, try to replace him with Brian Brohm, and have him turn out to be able to carry your team in spite of your best efforts to destroy it.

    Really? Just because your sorry team passed on him we were lucky? Did we luck out with Favre or how about Starr. All Super Bowl champs and MVP’s.

    If our drafting is so bad why do we flat out own you while your incompetent GM salivates at any sloppy 2nds we have. I see you are Embracing the Suck because your posts sure do.

  68. wheels579 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:37 AM

    Ian Rapoport = Punxsutawney Phil.

  69. shaggytoodle says: Mar 14, 2014 11:40 AM

    Everyone forgets they had 2nd year players that were out with injury last season like Hayward and Worthy.

    Those guys can be solid players. The people that I were hoping the Packers consider were getting pretty big $.

    Why not wait for the draft and get a Safety there. Hopefully they can get a TE that can start by the 3rd round.

  70. rondo1260 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:46 AM

    I’m not disappointed because I know there’s no chance there would be a free agent signing in the first week.

    In TT’s defense, he re-signed all of the Packers’ free agent players I wanted to come back. I still think Pickett will come back at an old player price.

    If he extends Jordy & Cobb I say great offseason! But you might want to think about drafting a backup QB that can play.

  71. leatherface2012 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:59 AM

    Well, heres something for you do to. add up the championships the packers have won vs any team in the league, but only use the years the other team has been in the league. for example, they have been around as long as the bears 13 vs. 9. since the Texans have been in league, 1 vs. 0. the packers have more titles than all teams except the ravens, who they are tied with at 2 vs. 2. nice try hater

    using your logic, they should never have injuries and win it all every year. and whats with the grass in winter? painted dirt

  72. leatherface2012 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:01 PM

    The Packers biggest problem the last two years is keeping their full complement of players healthy through a full season.

    tell me 1 significant player that missed more than 1 game. good god excuses excuses

  73. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2014 12:03 PM

    Twenty +plus other teams could have “lucked” into drafting Rodgers. They didn’t. The Packers did. Are they just stupid? If your team was one of those that passed, why aren’t you upset that they are so stupid, instead of ripping on the Packers. You make your bed, you sleep in it.

    I am OK with the Packers strategy. Stay healthy. That’s all I ask.

  74. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2014 12:06 PM

    New franchises get preferential players and picks, including taking players from other teams. They should win it all their first year. Titles can’t be compared over the long run. Nice try though. Are you an accountant?

  75. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 12:12 PM

    The Packers front office was run by John Schneider when the Packers won the superbowl. Your organization is currently being run by a donkey.

  76. leatherface2012 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:16 PM

    heres what i love about pecker fans. they love nelson, cobb and lacy. but god forbid all 3 ask for more money, because it comes right out of ted thompsons savings acct, pecker fans are only cool with players that are at league minimum

  77. gbmickey says: Mar 14, 2014 12:21 PM

    and if rodgers goes down again? oh yeah put eddie lacy in as qb

    This coming from a troll that roots for a team that has Ponder and Cassel. Fail!

  78. gbmickey says: Mar 14, 2014 12:31 PM

    The Packers biggest problem the last two years is keeping their full complement of players healthy through a full season.

    tell me 1 significant player that missed more than 1 game. good god excuses excuses

    Don’t really need excuses for finishing in first do we? Whats your excuse for being a weak troll?

  79. ariani1985 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    Notice the 5 first round exits in 5 years?

  80. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 14, 2014 12:47 PM

    Ted is a one trick pony. While other teams strengthen themselves in free agency he sits it out. Look at Seattle, SF , NE and Denver. We aren’t going to close the gaps between us and top echelon teams by not using all the resources available. Yes, as long as Rodgers is healthy we will be good but no we won’t be good enough unless Ted ventures into free agency.

  81. gbmickey says: Mar 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    The Packers front office was run by John Schneider when the Packers won the superbowl.

    Please look things up before you post that way you don’t embarrass yourself.

  82. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    Did we notice five first round exits in five years?

    No. We did not. Next question.

  83. thenordicthunder says: Mar 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    “Since Ted took over = 9 seasons, 86-57-1, 6 playoff appearances, 4 division titles, 1 Lombardi trophy, 1 NFL MVP, 1 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1 NFL Offensive Rookie of the year.”

    The ONLY reason the overrated Thompson appears to be brilliant is due solely to Brett Favre and Karen Rodgers. That’s it! Without either of them, the Packers are average at best.

  84. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 1:11 PM

    How did I embarrass myself. The Packers last superbowl was during the 2010 – 2011 season. Schneider went to the Seahawks in 2010, after building that championship team.

    You mad bro? Just because the real brains left the Packers doesn’t make it my fault. Your team still has a donkey running the show. A geriatric donkey at that.

  85. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 14, 2014 1:18 PM

    I’m sure that ever since Rodg’s friendship with Braun ended, the whole team has a “why bother” attitude. They’ve lost their edge. You know, that same edge that propelled Favre to wins.

  86. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:20 PM

    Are they seriously going to move Micah Hyde to safety??

    By this point in his career Brett Favre had been to more super bowls and won more league mvp awards the fragile Rodgers. Just sayin’

    What a waste of talent Rodgers is in green bay

  87. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2014 1:35 PM

    Whew…such anger and resentment and jealousy. The Packers own the Vikings. No amount of petty insults can change that.

  88. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 14, 2014 1:52 PM

    How in the world did McCarthy gain weight?

  89. chawk12thman says: Mar 14, 2014 1:58 PM

    There is a balance and waiting for deals are fine……..It worked for Seattle last season, so I don’t think there is any reason to panic.

  90. shaggytoodle says: Mar 14, 2014 2:18 PM

    Jones would be silly to play with an average QB. Seeing guys like Decker (NYJ) and Greg Jennings (MIN)do so to make more money.

    Yet those guys may not see the playoffs until the QB situation gets figured out. The Phins are still looking since Marino. The Broncos finally found one after Elway.

    WhenFavre retired a Packer they had their guy ready to go it panned out well for GB, Since Favre left the Vikings they are still looking for their guy.

    I hope Jones and Raji come back on some team friendly deals. Too see if they can cause some trouble for teams in the post season next year.

  91. diveleft says: Mar 14, 2014 2:25 PM

    I think Ted Thompson is on spring break.

  92. doe22us says: Mar 14, 2014 2:30 PM

    Neutral observer here, but , man o dey, Vikings fans are indeed sad, trolling Packer pages. Listen, the strategy employed by TT is fantastic, why go and spend a gazillion dollars in FA. Take care of your own and build through the draft. Ask the Dolphins and Eagles how overspending worked out for them.

  93. gbmickey says: Mar 14, 2014 2:32 PM

    Hey bro you embarrass yourself because Schneider was not in charge.

  94. clayshair says: Mar 14, 2014 2:39 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Mar 14, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Packers are sticking with their draft and develop approach that has been so successful. By that, I mean luck into a Hall of Fame quarterback with the 24th pick in the draft, try to replace him with Brian Brohm, and have him turn out to be able to carry your team in spite of your best efforts to destroy it.
    *************************

    Why is it “luck” that the Pack drafted Rodgers? It was TT’s philosophy of not drafting for need that paid off. Recall, the Vikings had 2 picks (!) before Rodgers, Troy Williamson at 7 and Erasmus James at 18, Bears Cedric Benson at 4 and Lions Mike Williams at 10….They all could have had Rodgers, luck?!

  95. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 3:30 PM

    “Hey bro you embarrass yourself because Schneider was not in charge.”

    Keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep at night. Schneider leaves Green Bay the same year they win the Superbowl and a couple years later he constructs a team that destroyed the favorite in the Superbowl whilst in charge of Seattle.

    Coincidence? Sure.

  96. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 3:32 PM

    “Why is it “luck” that the Pack drafted Rodgers? It was TT’s philosophy of not drafting for need that paid off. Recall, the Vikings had 2 picks (!) before Rodgers, Troy Williamson at 7 and Erasmus James at 18, Bears Cedric Benson at 4 and Lions Mike Williams at 10….They all could have had Rodgers, luck?!”

    Hey, Schneider drafted Rodgers. Come on guys, TT continues to ride the coattails of his betters.

  97. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 3:33 PM

    Schneider also drafted Russell Wilson, or was that Ted just pulling the strings from the nation’s epicenter: Green Bay.

  98. alfrommilwaukee says: Mar 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    All these Packer fans are delusional. “but, but, but we had all these injuries!” This is football, EVERY team has injuries. Clay Matthews has never played a full season, why should we expect him to now??? No one is telling Teddy to spend $50 million on a safety but to spend $0 on free agents is insane. The only reason the Packers have been successful over the past few seasons is #12. The team has holes everywhere and everyone sees it except the General Manager. You can’t be a draft and develop team when you don’t draft well and can’t develop any players.

  99. willi828 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:26 PM

    I am really not surprised, nor am I worried. All you haters are going to hate. They call that jealousy where I come from.

    Lets not forget that this is one of the deepest draft classes in a long time. There is plenty of talent entering the league (and more that go undrafted). Why spend a buttload on washed up talent that doesn’t even know your system? You don’t. TT is a genius. He will never destroy the team’s future by signing some overpaid cancer.

    Only won 2 superbowls in 20 years? Every GM would be THRILLED to be so lucky. Yes Lucky. It takes talent to win your division, and make the playoffs. Once you’re in the playoffs, its a crap-shoot (See how Denver lost in the SB last year even though they are vastly more talented?). Every team can beat any team in the playoffs. Remember this is football, not baseball.

    Sure it takes game-planning and preparation, but in the end it comes down to who makes the fewest mistakes in the moments of the game.

  100. zimmeriszbomb says: Mar 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    Ted needs the extra money to upgrade the furniture at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. He wants to install a hot tub for himself and the men on the practice squad.

  101. dethsupport says: Mar 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    “(See how Denver lost in the SB last year even though they are vastly more talented?)”

    That comment was ignorant and laughable.

  102. jhtobias says: Mar 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    The only problem I have is the blame that Dom Capers has taken from the public for this defense.

    He has had garbage and injuries to work with and especially last year he worked miracles with what he had.

    TT drafting had been very suspect on the d side since schnieder has left. While Schnieder was not the gm it is well documented that tt went with the guys he recommended.

    Ron Wolf was a great example he wanted to draft and develop his guys more than anyone , but what not afraid to go out and get a piece here or thier while they had favre and his weapons in his prime ..

    I.E. Santana Dotson Sean Jones Keith Jackson..

    I.E. Santana Dotson , Sean Jones, K

  103. hansenbrothers says: Mar 15, 2014 8:43 AM

    It drives me nuts. TT is wasting Rodgers best years. Good thing they got the one Super Bowl, they won’t get another. TT needs to flex on his plans a little and sign some decent free agents.

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