Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy both spoke to the media on Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. As usual, both were short and did not offer a lot of substance to what they had to say.
With three straight disappointing appearances in the postseason now behind them, following their Super Bowl championship in 2010, Thompson and McCarthy have many eyes trained on them during this offseason. There has already been speculation on what they might do to address the needs their team has heading into the 2014 season.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport created a stir when he reported that the Packers plan to be more active in free agency than they have in years. His report stated that the Packers could add “up to five” new players. This raised many eyebrows, as it goes against what Thompson has done year in and year out during his time as GM: build and develop, largely through the draft.
With Friday’s media sessions, there was hope to gain some insight into what Thompson and McCarthy said. The Journal-Sentinel’s Packers blog provided a recap of Thompson’s comments. Our friends over at Acme Packing Company laid out a nice recap of McCarthy’s comments.
I have the snippets below with some of my own thoughts on what was said.
On cornerback Sam Shields: “I think Sam’s been a good player for us. He does a good job and he’s one of the fellas that we’d like to have back.”
Shields definitely was a solid fella last season. He led the Packers with four interceptions and was their best defensive back overall. There have been no rumblings about a new contract for Shields yet, and with each passing day, it appears likely the team will let him hit the open market. Thompson likely has a figure in mind for Shields but may be concerned that he and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are looking for an inflated amount. If Shields truly wants to break the bank, he’s not likely going to do so in Green Bay.