Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/8/13

GREEN BAY, WI - 2009: Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson has the approval of his boss CEO Mark Murphy when it comes down to balancing the books. The Packers front office is unified in their thinking when it come to player acquisition, draft good and keep your core players. The Packers brass isn’t interested in putting together a dream team and while San Francisco has picked names such as Anquan Boldin and Nnamdi Asomugha, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Murphy points out the failed Philadelphia experiment in 2011 as proof positive you can’t build a team via free agency and it will cost more in the long term. “Look at the teams who have done that,” Murphy said, via  Racine (Wisc.) Journal Times regarding franchises that have been active in free agency.  “Two years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were anointed the Dream Team and NFL champions.  It’s not that we can’t afford it.  It’s really just that we think the best way to spend money is to identify your core players and reach long-term extensions with them rather than taking other people’s players.” “First all, setting Ted aside, there’s no question that when you look over the history of the league, the successful franchises who have sustained success over time do it through drafting players, developing them and then extending their key players. Now, teams will fill in with free agency and do a little bit here and there like we have, but I think the core has to be your draft. And I have tremendous confidence in Ted. I don’t think there’s a harder-working general manager in the league. When we draft somebody, he has spent time meeting with that player, watching him on tape, talking to his coaches, talking to his trainers ... he makes an informed decision when he makes a draft pick. And the other thing that I think sets us apart is the amount of time and effort we put into undrafted free agents. It’s a combination of all those things and then Ted and his staff doing an outstanding job.”     var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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