So here we are again in the midst of another free agency period in the NFL and the Green Bay Packers have been as active as a Koala bear in the dead of summer. General Manager Ted Thompson has forged this reputation for sitting idle while most every other team (the Packers are one of just two teams who have not signed a free agent that was not on its own roster the year prior) has added a new player or two.
We shouldn’t be surprised as this has been Thompson’s M.O. for most of his tenure in Green Bay, but judging by the fan response over the past week I’d have to say that many have allowed themselves to think that this offseason would be different.
Last offseason, the team added veteran center Jeff Saturday to replace the departed Scott Wells. They also brought in veteran running back Cedric Benson in the middle of training camp to give the offensive backfield a boost.
It felt like old times again and reminded us of the returns that Green Bay had gained from bringing in such well-known talent as Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett, to name a few. If nothing else it signaled, in the minds of many, that Thompson was “trying” and wanted to keep the Packers window open for another Super Bowl title.