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Is "BPA" really Ted Thompson's draft philosophy?
As the 2012 NFL Draft season gets into swing, you are going to hear a lot about Ted Thompson and his draft strategy. One of the primary acronyms you’ll run across in these articles and discussions is “BPA,” short for “Best Player Available.” It’s an approach to draft selections that is not specific to the Green Bay Packers or even the NFL, as you’ll hear it spoken in the context of other professional sports like the NBA.
This “strategy” has been inextricably linked to Ted Thompson, yet I maintain that it is misleading and in many ways inaccurate.
Let’s approach this first from a general perspective before looking at how Thompson really makes his draft selections. There are essentially two schools of thought (at least for fans) when it comes to drafting players: by need and by ranking (BPA). And in our simple worlds, we tend to think that if you don’t subscribe to one theory, then you subscribe to the other.
But just like...
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Tight end Jermichael Finley says he has agreed to a new deal with the Green Bay Packers.
Finley posted a message on his Twitter account Wednesday night appearing to confirm reports that he has agreed to return to the team. Finley wrote, ''It's TRUE! Thank you so much to the Packers organization, all my fans, and my beautiful wife.''
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According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, there’s a really good chance that the Packers will place the franchise tag on back up quarterback Matt Flynn and then turn around and trade him. The NFL discourages stuff like this, but one NFL front-office executive said that the league doesn’t discourage a tag-and-trade scenario strongly enough.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. When the Packers reached an agreement Wednesday with tight end Jermichael Finley on a two-year deal, it accomplished two important things in one move.
First, the team retained Finley in a simple way when the negotiations could have gotten complicated very quickly. Second, it left Green Bay's franchise tag in play.
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The Green Bay Packers are the team that wrote the book on the tage and trade. In a piece for TGS, Will Horton highlights some of the big deals that have made the tag-and-trade option legitimate for the trading team.
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley agreed to a two-year deal worth over $15 million, Pro Football Talk reported on Wednesday.
The average value of the deal nearly splits the difference between the franchise tender of $5.4 million and the receiver franchise tender of $9.4 million.
Finley, 24, had 55 receptions for 767 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
1) Introduction: Ted Thompson took over as General Manager for the Green Bay Packers in 2005, relegating Mike Sherman to the sole role of Head Coach. Thompson has met with more than his fair share of criticism through his years with the Packers. Cutting big name veterans in order to meet salary cap requirements and being the one to eventually trade away Brett Favre...
The Packers have different plans for a pair of players who have been offensive starters for more than a decade: Chad Clifton appears to be on the way out, while Donald Driver appears to be staying put. Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the Packers are likely to cut Clifton and restructure Driver’s contract.…
The Packers avoided a potentially nasty contract dispute with tight end Jermichael Finley by working out a two-year deal Wednesday, as Florio reported here. The structure of the deal gave protection to both sides. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Finley will make more than the tight end franchise number in 2012 ($5.75…
INDIANAPOLIS — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was so reluctant to reveal anything of substance at his press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine that when asked to say anything about backup quarterback Matt Flynn he barely budged — acknowledging there’s a Matt Flynn who plays...