Found May 02, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
Ted Thompson normally doesn't like to spend money on free agents because he views NFL free agency as an inherent risk. Often times, teams do not know what kind of player or person they're getting, which in the mind of the Packers GM can make things entirely too risky. Well the big news of the day today, shows exactly why the Packers normally prefer to build from within. According to a report issued by, Packers free agent signee Anthony Hargrove, along with current Saints Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and former Saint Scott Fujita, currently of the Browns, will be suspended by the National Football League for their role in the bounty gate scandal. Hargrove, who was signed by the Packers this offseason to help aid an ailing pass rush, received an 8-game suspension, which is a crushing blow for Green Bay, who was depending on him to play probably 40-50% of the snaps in nickel and dime packages, as a interior pass-rusher. Unfortunately, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had other plans. Now, Thompson and the Packers have some quick decisions to make. They did address the defensive line heavily in the 2012 NFL Draft, by selecting two defensive tackles, Jerel Worthy of Michigan State in the second round as well as Iowa's Mike Daniels in the fourth, who each have proven the ability to pressure the quarterback and stuff the run in college. Now the Packers must decide if Worthy and Daniels are be ready to contribute early on or whether or not they need to bring in another veteran just in case. At this point, I would expect Thompson to stay put until he can see his young prospects in action. Yet, it will certainly give him something to think about, the next time he tries his hand at NFL free agency.

NFL suspends new Packer Hargrove eight games

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program two years and two teams ago, new Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove has been suspended by the NFL for the first eight games of the regular season. A statement from the league and commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear Hargrove's punishment was the result of several actions. While Hargrove was...

Frugality be darned; Thompson wanted quality

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Trading up in the NFL draft is something Packers general manager Ted Thompson rarely does. It goes against everything in his nature, his upbringing and his beliefs in how to run an organization. So when Thompson moved up not once, not twice but three times in this year's draft, he wasn't quite feeling like himself afterward. "It's horrible,"...

Penalties to 4 players in Saints bounty program

Penalties issued Wednesday by the NFL to players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty program: - Jonathan Vilma, linebacker: Suspended without pay for 2012 NFL season, effective immediately. - Anthony Hargrove, defensive lineman (now with Green Bay): Suspended without pay for first eight games of 2012 regular season. May participate in offseason activity, including preseason...

Vote: Was Roger Goodell's Punishment of Saints 'Bountygate' Scandal Too Harsh?

Roger Goddell has already handed down plenty of punishment in connection with the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" scandal. On Wednesday, the sanctions got just a bit worse. Three current Saints players and one former player were all handed suspensions for their role in connection to the "pay for pain" scandal. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma got the worst of it, being...

NFL statement text on Saints bounty penalties

Text Wednesday of the statement released by the NFL on penalties for players involved in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program: Four players - Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma - were notified today that they have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the New Orleans...

Analyzing the NFC North drafts

While the Vikings had a pretty straightforward draft, the rest of the NFC North provided some head scratching. The Bears took a player many figured as a fit for a 3-4 scheme, the Lions went unconventional after the first round, and Packers GM Ted Thompson actually traded up in the draft. We go around the NFC North to analyze the complete drafts of the Vikings’ divisional rivals.

Saints Nation: Player Suspensions Announced, Saints Lose Their Captains

The bounty gate waiting game may have finally met it's end. Even if you are outraged, or agree, with the latest, I think we can all find some relief in the concept that this could all be over now and we can move on. The suspensions are the following: Jonathan Vilma for an entire year, Will Smith for four games, Anthony Hargrove for 8 games and Scott Fujita for 3 games. How Roman...

Are Packers Ready to Split With DD?

Veteran receiver's future remains up in the air Given the opportunity to clarify Donald Driver’s future with the team, both Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy chose to say nothing about the veteran receiver. “I would never speculate on something like that,” Thompson told local reporters over the weekend. “He’s dancing right now. Doing good, too.” Added McCarthy, ...
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