Report: Packers to be more active in free agency

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From time to time, a report will emerge that the Packers intend to become more active in free agency. Most recently, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Packers will pursue free agents this year.

Before you roll your eyes, consider this: Three years ago, the same reporter reported the same report. That year, the Packers signed linebacker Julius Peppers, the third of three significant free-agent acquisitions in the 24 years since real free agency arrived in the NFL.

Could the latest report be an indication that the Packers will add a fourth name to a list that includes Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Peppers?

They need to do something. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who took a few passive-aggressive shots at coach Mike McCarthy during the season (go ahead and argue that he didn’t — he did), has thrown down the gauntlet in not-so-subtle style for G.M. Ted Thompson, who has a well-earned reputation for being too cautious when it comes to using one of the primary tools for improving a roster.

With the quarterback’s 34th birthday coming later this year, the clock is ticking on a team that has parlayed one of the best quarterbacks in league history into only one Super Bowl appearance. While free agents won’t necessarily make a team instantly better, judicious spending can ultimately be the difference between simply making it to the final eight yet again or being the last team standing.

81 responses to “Report: Packers to be more active in free agency

  1. McCarthy threw shots at TT last year – talking about big targets in the middle of the field – they get Cook.

    That said – most Packer fans welcome this because we’ve long said – you don’t have to go after tier 1 FA’s like Snyder used to all the time – just get us some better depth!

    #2 and #3’s on this team could be improved so when you get injury stretches like they had – the drop off isn’t so huge.

  2. It would make sense for the Packers to add a player or two in free agency. However, if I’m not mistaken, the Packers have invested very heavily on defense in recent drafts, and yet their defense appears to be one of the worst in the NFL in recent years.
    GB’s biggest move to improve their defense would seem to be firing Dom Capers, who has presided since 2009 over a Packers-D that’s become a real mess.

  3. This is a must for Green Bay. They should pour every cent they have into that defense. Make sure the O-line is going to be alright with injuries and such, then maybe get a cheap true RB (Montgomery provides pass-catching and big plays but they need a chain mover like Fat Eddie was supposed to be).

    As a Vikings fan the two things I hope for every year from Green Bay are that they don’t fire McCarthy and they don’t spend in free agency. If they do one of those two things they will probably win the Super Bowl. If they do both they will probably be unstoppable.

  4. Considering 40% of the teams in the NFL have never won a SuperBowl trophy, I’m guessing it’s not very easy to do.

    “Experts” like to point out the Packers “only” have two trophies in the last twenty years.

    Here’s some advice: Go back and read my first sentence, and get Marino’s opinion on the subject while you’re at it.

  5. Packers fans everywhere honestly doubt it will happen. I would be pleasantly surprised if it actually happens but I am not holding my breath.

    What I do know is if he doesn’t do something to improve that defense and soon it won’t matter what #12 does if the D is giving up historic levels of points and yards.

  6. I still take exception to the argument that the Packers organization has “wasted” Aaron Rodgers by only winning one Super Bowl. You never hear this with other quarterbacks (MAYBE) Dan Marino. Was it brought up with Steve Young and his lone Super Bowl. Do you hear it with Drew Brees? What about great QBs that never get there, like Phillip Rivers?

    Super Bowls are hard to win. Tom Brady and the Patriots are the exception, not the rule.

  7. Window is closing very fast – and that one Super Bowl was courtesy of over-inflated balls and PEDs. FA as much as you lie GB, but facing a healthy Stafford and improving Prescott in the NFC, and no more drugs or psi-cheating you, and Aaron only 2yrs away from the cliff, this is your organization admitting it’s desperation time in 2017. After which, it’ll start making more sense to build for the future.

  8. judicious spending can ultimately be the difference between simply making it to the final eight yet again or being the last team standing.

    Pretty sure we’ve made it to the final FOUR this year.

  9. stellarperformance says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:09 PM

    Considering 40% of the teams in the NFL have never won a SuperBowl trophy, I’m guessing it’s not very easy to do.

    “Experts” like to point out the Packers “only” have two trophies in the last twenty years.

    I THINK ITS 2 SINCE 1968, SO ALMOST 50 YEARS

  10. “In fact, the word around the NFL scouting combine from agents and league personnel is that the draft-and-develop Packers intend to pursue more free agents, especially those who have been or will be released by other teams.”

    “We’ll see how it shakes out,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday during an hourlong interview with reporters who cover his team. “We might shock you this year.” — Mike McCarthy, Feb 2016

    That wasn’t a report, it was straight from the horse’s mouth, and we got Cook. I often wonder what Capers could do with even one CB that can cover the NFL elites man-to-man. Instead he’s handed a pile of mediocrity from TT every year.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  11. @stellarperformance I’m not criticizing the Packers but when you say they “only have 2 Super Bowl Wins in 20 years” you’re being a mite bit selective. If we’re being honest, they have 2 Super Bowls since 1967. That’s 50, not 20 years. Again, not bashing the Packers

  12. That is too bad for Packer fans because we have all been told by Carl that “If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)”

  13. Julio Jones has 40 of 4.39 seconds

    Ladarius Gunter (our last best non- injured CB who was an UDFA) has a 40 of 4.7 seconds

    Capers is fine. He needs players to match elite receivers

  14. Comical! Not a chance!

    Since 2006, the only big name free agents he’s signed are a guy who had no other options (CWood) and a guy who actually WANTED to be here beacuse of his history with the D-line coach (Peppers)

    You’re kidding yourself if you think Ted will become a big spender overnight.

    He may venture into the shallow end on a few bargain players, but that won’t mean a wholesale change in the way the Packers run their operation.

  15. Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Peppers…

    well, if you maybe sprinkled in a few more then maybe you’d win a few more championships to go with your fake 9. but you won’t, so you don’t.

    can anyone outside of New England name their GM? A lot has to do with coaching.

  16. “We might shock you this year.” — Mike McCarthy, Feb 2016
    ===

    You shock me every year, Mike.

    By remaining employed.

    By allowing yourself to field such a horrendous defense.

    By sticking with a guy who has such antiqated and inept defensive schemes.

    What can you possibly do for an encore?

    (I suppose I should be afriad to ask at this point..)

  17. @stellarperformance I’m not criticizing the Packers but when you say they “only have 2 Super Bowl Wins in 20 years” you’re being a mite bit selective. If we’re being honest, they have 2 Super Bowls since 1967. That’s 50, not 20 years. Again, not bashing the Packers

    Uncommon you are not bashing the Packers, but you are cherry picking facts…The Packers have won 4 out of the 50 Super Bowls played..keep trying ..

  18. Capers is fine. He needs players to match elite receivers
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    Did you watch the game Sunday?

    None of his blitzes worked. Not a one.

    His zone coverages were miserable all day.

    Did he stop blitzing? No!

    Did he change coverages? Nope.

    The man is insane. Literally! If something isn’t working, you have to change it. Capers is content to ride to the bottom of the ocean like the Captain of the Titanic.

  19. Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Peppers…
    ===

    Ryan Pickett was a highly underrated signing.

    A key to a play that won the Packers a Super Bowl.

  20. People act like getting to the NFC / AFC Championship actually means something. Please tell me the past 5 conference runner up teams.
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    I know who lost in 2014……………………………

  21. Why change anything??
    According to McCarthy the Pack “clearly had a successful season ”

    If the Packers spend heavily on defense, then they wasted all their picks spent on defensive players the past 2-3 yrs

    Most likely, they will spend their money on Cook, Lang, a RB and maybe 1 defensive player

    They gave never spent a ton of money on defense FAs

  22. TT signs free agents every year (especially current Packers to be free agents) . They are just usually not the big name, big money free agents. Keeping guys that have been in the system is the best way to achieve consistency and success.

  23. Yes. When there was a blitz NO ONE got to the QB. Matthews was a non-factor.

    Change coverage to man? Fail even worse
    Change zone? To what

    It’s a player issue. What coach will you hire to fix all problems without better players?

  24. One thing the Packers won’t do is overpay for over the hill or overated free agents. It helps having a GM who can tell the difference. How many experts thought Peppers was over the hill? And how many thought the Sam Bradford pick was a brilliant move?
    One other point, you never hear football pros question Dom Capers. The Packers got to the NFC championship game with a defense that was decimated. You can’t do that with a d coordinator that isn’t top shelf.
    Another Jared Cook type signing would be great, but there are many moving parts to free agency. The best thing the Packers have going for them is “Do you want to play for a perrenial contender?” If you’re in it for the money or your brand, you go elsewhere.

  25. Definitely could benefit from something in FA. Since apparently Capers will remain, the defense needs a lot of help at just about every position.

    Defense is the priority. There are FA available that are better and more equipped than undrafted guys currently on the roster.

  26. The one team whose fans haven’t earned anything close to a right to criticize…..is the Vikings. The Vikings own the all-time NFL record for losing in the postseason, including all teams from the pre-merger era. They also own the record for one-and-done performances when qualifying for the postseason. That’s about as distinctive as it gets.

    What perspective on this subject could they possibly feel is worth hearing? They’re delusional with their jealous rants. They want to be us so badly they can hardly sleep at night, and now, they have another off-season with which to enjoy our crap sandwiches.

    Bon apetit trolls.

  27. I don’t understand why Packer fans would defend TT’s aversion to free agency — why not make effective use of all available tools to improve the roster? Kudos to the Pack and their fans for the Super Bowl wins in the past — I’m admittedly jealous as hell. However, with the rarity of 2 consecutive HOF QBs, can you honestly say that the likelihood of more Super Bowl trophies wouldn’t have been increased with a couple key free agents? For every HOFer like Dan Marino who never succeeded in a SB, there’s a Brady, Big Ben, Aikman or even a Manning that succeeded in the SB more than once because their GMs built rosters with the use of free agency. And those are organizations did it with a single HOF QB, not back to back HOF QBs.

  28. I’m not sure what it is about TT, but he whiffs a lot on defensive backs. Burnett and Clinton-Dix are ok, but they’re not necessarily lighting it up either. Cornerbacks? Good lord! The only one I can recall that has panned out was Casey Hayward and he was let go to free agency because they had Randall and Rollins waiting in the wings. And look how that turned out! Dudes get torched more often than the Olympic flame.

    Packers NEED to address defense (especially DBs) in free agency because clearly something’s not working.

  29. Dom Capers’ best defenses were within the first couple years that he was on the Packers. They have become progressively worse, it seems, and it seems that it performs the best when people are rejuvenated with a new energy that comes with a new coach.

    Time to move on.

  30. wyboemail says:
    Jan 27, 2017 1:52 PM
    Face it Packer Fans. You cannot be good every year. You have started the decline and have fun when you get to the bottom
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    ……said every Viking fan, every year, since 1991.

  31. I can actually agree with the viking fans on this one – it’s crazy when you think that we’ve had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers at quarterback for 25 years with only two Super Bowl wins to show for it.

    But I also agree with my fellow Packer fans who say that Super Bowls are hard to win, even with talent. They must be, when you think about it. Year after year, we are told by viking fans that their team has the most talent, the most depth, the greatest player at each position, and the greatest coaches and coordinators in the league. The Packers may only have 2 Super Bowls in the last 20 years, and only 4 in the last 50 years, but the vikings (excuse me while I borrow a move from the dude that still can’t figure out how to properly use the Caps Lock key) HAVE ZERO SUPER BOWLS IN ALMOST 60 YEARS.

  32. #1 – they have a ton of their own guys to possibly re-sign (Lang, Perry, Hyde, Cook, Tretter, Lacy)

    #2 – Given #1, Matthews and Cobb need to take paycuts

    On offense, pretty sure they bring back Cook, but it’s kind of iffy beyond that. Ted hates paying older interior lineman and Running Backs. Maybe Lacy comes back for cheap, or they bring in a vet RB for cheap.

    On D. Matthews needs to go back to ILB, they need to resign Perry, and then add someone else that can passrush (DL or OLB). Likewise they need one good corner, and bring back Hyde.

    That’s really about the max I can see them doing. They could be in rough shape if some teams decide to overpay Hyde and Perry. I’m really worried that Perry’s sack number will get him overpaid considering he couldn’t do anything w/o Matthews in the lineup, and he’s missed almost 20 games in 5 years.

  33. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:38 PM
    I THINK ITS 2 SINCE 1968, SO ALMOST 50 YEARS
    /////////////////////////////////

    Two in the twenty years since Favre and Rodgers arrived, which trolls think somehow is “failing.” There have been four trophies in fifty years, but you already knew that.

    Why are you still here? I know you lost a bet to stay off this site until Valentine’s Day. Short memory?

  34. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 11:45 AM

    There last dip into free agency put them into the NFC Championship game. So even more active than that?
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    Their last dip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least in Minnesota schools.

  35. I think TT needs to retire. The Pack adding free agents is almost impossible with him there.

  36. jimair1,

    Drop 9 into coverage… Do ANYTHING other than what put you in a 31-point hole.

    That’s what kills me with Capers. He continues to double down on failure. When his unit is bleeding, rather than stopping it, it turns into a massive hemorrhage.

    More players, you say?

    Perry – 1st rounder
    HHCD – 1st rounder
    CMIII – 1st (playing injured)
    Datone Jones – 1st
    Kenny Clark – 1st
    Peppers – #2 overall pick
    Randall – 1st (playing injured)
    Rollins – 2nd (playing injured)
    Burnett – 3rd
    Their young LBs are mid-rounders

    More investment in the defense? How many teams have 7 1st rounders on that side of the ball? That’s premium investment right there.

    Capers is the problem. Has a single one of those players improved since they were drafted? C-D, maybe. The rest are what Ted and the scouts drafted. Little significant improvement from any of them.

    Funny how Belichick keeps fielding a top 10 D picking near the same slot as the Packers each and every season.

    Who to get in his place? I’d have to answer that with a question of my own;

    How can you stick with a guy that can’t make your team better? Total loser mentality there!

    ANYONE is better than a guy you KNOW can’t do the job! If you ran your own business, would you keep a guy like that?!! He’s costing me money.. but hey, he’s the best I’ve got…

  37. stellarperformance says:
    Jan 27, 2017 2:13 PM
    The one team whose fans haven’t earned anything close to a right to criticize…..is the Vikings. The Vikings own the all-time NFL record for losing in the postseason, including all teams from the pre-merger era. They also own the record for one-and-done performances when qualifying for the postseason. That’s about as distinctive as it gets.

    What perspective on this subject could they possibly feel is worth hearing? They’re delusional with their jealous rants. They want to be us so badly they can hardly sleep at night, and now, they have another off-season with which to enjoy our crap sandwiches.

    Bon apetit trolls.

    ——————————————-

    And yet here you are, writing paragraphs about the Vikings on your weekend. You sure got us good, keyboard warrior!

  38. Look, TT’s big FA hits filed a hole at their price. More than ever success in this league is about depth. We saw this in 2016. Ask the Bears how it feels to sign big name free agents and then see what happens when the league-minimum replacement has to fill in for an extended period.

    The Packers’ young players played important snaps this year, which will benefit the team in ’17 and beyond. They can get better in spots and this is where draft and develop combined with smart FA signings helps. McCarthy deserves credit for building depth through innovative creativity, coaching up players to play multiple positions, like Clay inside, Burnett as ‘backer or slot corner, Ty at RB, Hyde anywhere. He’s 3 years ahead of the league.

    I have a feeling we’ll see a big splash or two by Ted this offseason to help take GB to the next level.

    It’d just be so great to see Green Bay win the Super Bowl in MN next year. Plus, it’d give Vikes players and fans a chance to see one in person.

  39. Maybe Lacy comes back for cheap, or they bring in a vet RB for cheap.

    On D. Matthews needs to go back to ILB, they need to resign Perry, and then add someone else that can passrush (DL or OLB). Likewise they need one good corner, and bring back Hyde.
    ===

    Lacy can go fly a kite.

    He doesn’t deserve to be on this football team, he’s proven that 2 years in a row.

    I think Montgomery is the perfect back for this offense.

    McCarthy is so in love with the forward pass that he needs a pass-catcher out of the backfield. On the rare occasion they do committ to the run, Monty can handle the carries.

    I also don’t think they’ll draft or sign a mauler. Ripkowski looked fine in that role, the fumble not withstanding.

    .. I like your plan with Perry. But I think Ryan and Martinez have good potential inside. Don’t think they’re world beaters, but I’d hate to see CMIII cut into their PT at this point.

  40. A good cornerback and one a little better than good and the Packers can win it all for two straight seasons. Don’t address the obviously terrible defensive back situation? Make the playoffs and lose for a couple years and waste the last few years of Rodger’s career.

  41. I’m really worried that Perry’s sack number will get him overpaid
    ===

    Well, we know Ted won’t fall into that trap.

    He has a dollar amount in mind. If the player doesn’t like it, Ted moves on (Greg Jennings, Tramon Williams, Davon House.. ect)

    Probably what Ted does best.

  42. Going hard in FA very rarely pays off, but I can’t say never. as the Broncos did seem to spend their way to a SB title,

    Now they are handcuffed by salary cap, and don’t know if they have a good starting QB.

    If TT wants to go after a CB or DL in the second wave of FA after the big spending is done.

  43. I simply have to laugh at the Pacific Ocean of insecurity that the Viking trolls are constantly swimming around in. THey have nothing better to do than lurk on the Packer site, just waiting for a chance to gurgle their imbecilic drool.

    But really……you’re dissing us for not winning enough Super Bowls???? As someone so aptly pointed out above, the Vikings have had FIFTY-SIX CHANCES to win a Super Bowl, and STILL haven’t done it. My goodness, you’d think they could at least luck into a win by now, wouldn’t you???

    Or not………….

  44. aarons444 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 1:24 PM
    Capers is fine. He needs players to match elite receivers
    ===

    Did you watch the game Sunday?

    None of his blitzes worked. Not a one.

    His zone coverages were miserable all day.

    Did he stop blitzing? No!

    Did he change coverages? Nope.

    The man is insane. Literally! If something isn’t working, you have to change it. Capers is content to ride to the bottom of the ocean like the Captain of the Titanic.

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    Did you watch the game?

    Capers tried multiple schemes. He evern sent 9 players into coverage and the Falcon’s still had a wide open player. The problem on defense is the lack of skill and experience, not the schemes.

    If you fired Capers, who would you sign? The only person that is available is Rex Ryan. I think he could be good, but he is most likely looking for a Head Coach position.

  45. stellarperformance says:
    Jan 27, 2017 2:13 PM
    The one team whose fans haven’t earned anything close to a right to criticize…..is the Vikings. The Vikings own the all-time NFL record for losing in the postseason, including all teams from the pre-merger era. They also own the record for one-and-done performances when qualifying for the postseason. That’s about as distinctive as it gets.

    What perspective on this subject could they possibly feel is worth hearing? They’re delusional with their jealous rants. They want to be us so badly they can hardly sleep at night, and now, they have another off-season with which to enjoy our crap sandwiches.

    Bon apetit trolls.

    ***

    Stellar must have this saved on his desktop, because he never offers anything substantive to a subject and plays into the classic stereotypical Packer fan. The exact arrogance that fuels Vikings trolls further.

    You cheer for a team that is successful. That does not make you an elite football mind. Packer fans cannot make this distinction.

  46. Let me translate it for everyone, Ted Thompson will never get in a bidding war for free agents, he will only sign those who are release from their contracts as it doesn’t factor into the supplemental draft picks. Notice those he did sing, Charles Woodson, J. Peppers, both were released and it didn’t factor into the formula for supplemental draft picks.

    That said, he will look around this year but I hardly expect him to break the bank. He will have plenty of money since Peppers wouldn’t be back, Sam Shield is finished as a Packer and if Cobb and Matthews do return, it will be a lower price. Peppers and Shields alone represent around $22 million in savings.

  47. If you fired Capers, who would you sign?
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    I’ve answered that already.

    ANYONE is better than a guy you KNOW to be inadequate. Its INSANE to stick with something that isn’t working.

    Rex Ryan? Fine by me.

    And if you would have me belive “lack of skill and experience [is the problem]” I’d say Capers is a part of that.

    Look at the empahasis Ted has placed on defense. 7 1st rounders. SEVEN! Burnett is a 3rd. Daniels a 4th. Rollins a 2. Hyde a 3.

    He’s been given good young talent and he’s done nothing with it.. other than FAIL.

  48. Love fans of a team that hasn’t won ANY SBs in 55 years with HoF QBs like Tarkenton and Favre slamming GB for only winning four (plus three other world championships) in the same period.

  49. What free agents does Rodgers want to “reload” with?

    I’m guessing he wants a defense. I doubt he wants to share the limelight with an offensive star. Maybe I’m wrong.

    My gut says Rodgers won’t do anything to help.

  50. The complacency of Packers fans just kills me.

    Rodgers isn’t Tom Brady. He’s not gonna play until he’s 45, especially if things are this up and down the next few years.

    You can talk all you want about Division Titles this or consecutive Playoffs that.. there won’t be another Favre. Or another Rodgers. We’ll be fortunate to get another Hasselbeck or Brunell.

    Are you really going to be satisfied having won only TWO Super Bowls with 2 of THE very best QBs of all-time, consecutively?

    How can you not be upset about that?

    Guess your just counting the dividends your stock is yeilding?…

  51. aarons444 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:48 PM

    ANYONE is better than a guy you KNOW to be inadequate. Its INSANE to stick with something that isn’t working.

    ____________

    So he should have put the 6th or 7th option at CB since they struggled in coverage?

    Having talent is one thing having healthy talent is another… while I understand it feels like ANYONE could better… teams have fired a coach and took a bunch of steps back… the 9ers in recent memory….

    Capers had players like Matthew’s and 2 or the top 3 DBS missing gobs of time. Not that it will ever be a top 5 Def. if they can be in the top 5 in Turnover diff. They will likely be making a deep playoff push again if they can stay a little healthier in the secondary next seasom.

  52. aarons444 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:48 PM

    Look at the empahasis Ted has placed on defense. 7 1st rounders. SEVEN! Burnett is a 3rd. Daniels a 4th. Rollins a 2. Hyde a 3.

    He’s been given good young talent and he’s done nothing with it.. other than FAIL.

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    How many QB’s have the Brown’s drafted? How well have they panned out? Just because you draft heavy on one side, doesn’t mean they have “great talent”. Like I said, he has young talent but they are inexperienced. They tried to throw Gunter on players like OBJ, Dez, and Jones. How well did that workout? They need to get some veterans (not saying end-of-career guys) that can help the young players learn.

    Randall and Rollins were a lot better their rookie year because they were 2nd/3rd/4th CBs. They went up against (for the lack of a better word) easier players. Thay helped them build confidence and learn the plays/speed of the game faster.

    Not to mention, I don’t think Capers has ever had a full starting lineup. For some reason, the Packers are always riddled with injuries. They really need to figure out why their players are always getting injured. Look at the injury report for the NFC Championship game. The Packers had like 14 guys and the Falcons only had like 3.

  53. Passive aggressive? Throwing down the gauntlet? Mike, are you watching the same news feeds that the rest of the world is watching? If you were, you wouldn’t need to read the following. But…

    Ryan Pickett – Great nose tackle.

    Charles Woodson – Did you catch that one, Mike?

    Charlie Peprah – Solid starter at safety.

    Howard Green – Smacked Big Ben into throwing a game changing pick in the Super Bowl.

    Julius Peppers – Not a game changer but played real well at OLB. (That means outside linebacker.)

    Letroy Guion – Solid starter at nose tackle.

    Jared Cook – The tight end the Packers have needed for several years.

  54. So you ended your vendetta against the Washington Still The Redskins and decided to go after the Packers. Did NBC tell you to stop going after the large markets since you caused them to lose ratings and go after the smaller markets?

  55. Just for fun i put my own grade on the performance of all the players active from this year. It’s not easy handicapping the rookies yet accounting for the A++ i gave our QB. It’s amazing how i came to the same conclusion as i did before this excercise. It’s a well coached yet under performing team that spends way more high draft picks on defense yet remains top heavy towards offense. Without Aaron Rodgers this team goes 4-12. I remain hopeful yet realize next year will end in the same broken record fashion. Just short of a superbowl. If nothing the Packers do changes how can the results possibly change. I don’t believe in change just for change sake. Yet i feel they should at least try new strength and conditioning coaches to avoid their league leading injury numbers they have been suffering.

  56. I’m not sure it is completely objective or fair to put this all on Ted Thompson. After all, when he has signed a big name free agent, it has always been a good move, such as Charles Woodson and Julius Peppars and Jared Cook this year. They all were released, hence no compensatory draft picks are lost. Secondly, we cant assume any and every offseason will have free agents out there who will give you more than you might get from a draftee, nor that they are all willing to consider cold-weather, small town Green Bay without being overpaid market value to come. Sure, perhapd TT could turn it up a notch as far as free agent activity, but not too much as he wisely knows that free agency is a gamble that loses more than it wins.

  57. viking1961 says:
    Jan 28, 2017 9:55 AM
    free agents don’t want to play for LOSERS ….!!!!!!!
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    That’s downright comical coming from a Viking fan………the team with record holding postseason futility. Very funny.

  58. stellarperformance says:
    Two in the twenty years since Favre and Rodgers arrived, which trolls think somehow is “failing.”
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    You know what else is failing – your slanted math calculation. Favre arrived in 92, and you know that.

  59. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 28, 2017 6:01 PM
    You know what else is failing – your slanted math calculation. Favre arrived in 92, and you know that.
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    SuperBowl with Favre…1997
    SuperBowl with Rodgers….2011
    Current year……2017

    20 years. Not as hard as you want to make it.

  60. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 28, 2017 6:01 PM
    stellarperformance says:
    Two in the twenty years since Favre and Rodgers arrived, which trolls think somehow is “failing.”
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    You know what else is failing – your slanted math calculation. Favre arrived in 92, and you know that.
    ===================================
    Yeah, what’s with that. Favre should have been kicking out Super Bowl wins starting in 1992.

    Fran Tarkenton won zero Super Bowls in 13 years.

    But quarterbacking isn’t the only thing important in getting to or winning a Super Bowl. There are special teams and defense as well.

    9 QB’s have been on multiple Super Bowl winning teams- and several of those QB’s were not instrumental in their Super Bowl wins.

    Many NFL Hall of Famers have not won a single Super Bowl.

  61. stellar, I thought when you said “since Favre and Rodgers arrived”, that you meant when they arrived, as in favre arrived in GB in 92. My bad, I guess.

  62. Logan Ryan is about the only value play Ted could overpay for and live with himself.
    The corner FA market for 2017 is more Woody Allen than Charles Woodson.
    Shields will not be back as much as he wants to give it a shot. He has to go and should retire.
    They need to resign Hyde for the dime and back up safety.
    Lowry and Martinez had vey respectable rookie seasons and should progress nicely for next year.
    Datone has not progressed and should be gone.
    Would be great to spreading Perry, but he will get big bucks elsewhere.
    Sorry to say – not sur how much “upgrading can be done with who they need to resign”.
    Again, Logan Ryan seems to be the Ted type of play. Hard to see NE letting him go though.

  63. If you compared Rodgers and Favre’s careers, this would be the point where TT uses the #1 spot on a replacement quarterback, dumps all the veterans on the team, and goes with a crowd of rookies.

  64. Nothing but clowns on here making 18 bucks an hour slaving to make the man rich. If you all can do a better job in Green Bay, submit your application and enthusiastically apply for VP of Football Operations and live with the results. Its like voting. You can’t cry if you didn’t vote. You cannot cry unless you apply..

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