Found March 22, 2013 on 60 Max Power O:
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f82101595.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d17a4ad9fdb9cf1935e9d3d1a6545d2bb94ff137b25003c4d
GM Ted Thompson has a track record for drafting top level talent, and a philosophy of passing on high priced free agents. The Green Bay Packers have become a drafting factory developing players like Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews through the NFL Draft, and the list goes on. Green Bay cuts loose big names such as Greg Jennings if their asking price is too high, however, there are three receivers in wait to take his place. Good drafting does that for a team, it allows the team time to develop understudies so when the star leaves, it's plug and play. Thompson says it’s buyer beware when opening up the checkbook, and the safer bet is to go through the draft, where a team can find talent cheap and abundant. "If you've done a good enough job of drafting and developing, you're going to have more of those at that stage than you can keep," Thompson said, via Tom Silverstein of JSOnline.com. "It's not a question of being tight or anything like that. It's a question of being pragmatic and saying, 'How do we do this, given the budget?' " On free agency: "You get these contracts at the time, they look really good for the team and the player, and then three years later it looks good for the player but it doesn't look quite as good for the team," Thompson said. "Or vice versa. And somebody has to break that contract, and then you have to pay the consequences of that. "But at the same time, a person in my position, you can't be so afraid of that or so concerned about not having a bad deal sometime that you become comatose and don't do anything." "But that's, relatively speaking, a good problem to have. You have to try to make good decisions in every deal that you do.”   var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Packers and Aaron Rodgers close to new deal that will make him highest paid quarterback

Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy called getting a deal done for quarterback Aaron Rodgers a ‘priority.’ Giving Rodgers a new deal would firmly place Rodgers in the high rent district for signal callers, but it would also provide much needed relief to the cash strapped Packers salary cap. According to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com, the two sides are closing in on a...

Report: Brad Jones Could Return to Green Bay Packers

Just a week after re-signing inside linebacker Rob Francois, the Green Bay Packers may not be finished re-signing free agent linebackers, as unrestricted free agent Brad Jones was seen at the Packers facility yesterday meeting with the team according to a post by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  According to the post, Jones showed up at the facility, seemingly to...

Show us your Tundra, Packers fans

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The reaction at the time bordered on hysteria. Green Bay Packers fans were desperate to get their hands on a box of "Frozen Tundra" turf that had recently been removed from Lambeau Field. Cars were backed up for blocks around the stadium, all waiting in line with the hope that they'd make it to the front before it was sold out. Sixteen years later...

Report: Packers re-sign Jones after big year

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Inside linebacker Brad Jones has re-signed with the Green Bay Packers, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Jones, 26, was an unrestricted free agent and drew interest from several teams. He visited the Tennessee Titans last week but left without a deal. Terms of his contract with the Packers have not yet been reported. Jones, a seventh-round pick by Green...

Packers reportedly re-sign Brad Jones

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Brad Jones. League source said #Packers have re-signed LB Brad Jones. No numbers yet. — tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) March 21, 2013 The 26 year-old Jones had a pretty year in 2012 with 77 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble.   Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI...

Report: Brad Jones Could Return to Green Bay Packers

Just a week after re-signing inside linebacker Rob Francois, the Green Bay Packers may not be finished re-signing free agent linebackers, as unrestricted free agent Brad Jones was seen at the Packers facility yesterday meeting with the team according to a post by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  According to the post, Jones showed up at the facility, seemingly...

Report: Packers Re-Sign LB Brad Jones

Tom Silverstein reports that a league source has informed him that the Green Bay Packers have re-signed LB Brad Jones. Jones met with the Packers on Wednesday, but also had strong interest from the Titans as well. Last year, the Packers lost Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith for the season, which forced them to turn to Jones at inside linebacker, which wasn’t a position that he was...
Packers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.