Ted Thompson is Just Looking to Stockpile Draft Picks

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Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson

It was astutely pointed out this morning that the Green Bay Packers once again haven’t signed an unrestricted free agent from another team.

They’re the only team in the NFL to fall into that category.

Well, what about Julius Peppers you say? He was released by the Bears. Doesn’t count. Well what about that dude the Packers signed away from the Vikings? Same thing.

And it looks like this M.O. was taken with purpose. Ted Thompson is looking to stockpile compensatory draft picks.

The NFL awards these picks based on some top secret formula, but we know at its simplest level if you lose more unrestricted free agent than you sign, you get picks. The Packers got two compensatory picks this year — a third and a fifth — for losing Greg Jennings and Erik Walden last year and signing no one.

Now, if you look at it from the perspective of a trade, it makes some sense. Would you trade Walden for a fifth? Sure, why not? Would you trade Jennings for a third? Probably.

The only problem with that philosophy is then you actually have to go out and get somebody who’s worth a shit in the draft. Ted hasn’t been so great at doing that lately.

This year, the Packers have lost four guys in unrestricted free agency. Two of those guys — Evan Dietrich-Smith and James Jones — were starters. We could see the Packers landing a fourth and a fifth next year as compensation.

That’s the problem with not signing unrestricted free agents though. Next year.

When the hell are we going to get a team built for this year?

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

26 Comments on "Ted Thompson is Just Looking to Stockpile Draft Picks"

  1. Horse

    >When the hell are we going to get a team built for this year?
    When we sucked bad enough last year to get to pick in the top 10 this year. Dumbest post I’ve seen for a long time.

  2. I know that this isn’t going to be a popular response, but I think that a lot of it has to do with injuries – and whether or not other players step up to fill in adequately. I know that all four teams that made it to the “final four” last year were remarkably healthy. I think that part of what TT is working for is creating a competitive team in all three phases of the game, knowing that if we don’t get injured at critical spots then we will be in it all the way to the end. Particularly now that we have a ground game to go with Air-ron Rodgers.

    • Phatgzus

      Agreed, been saying that for the past 2 years, sadly a lot of fans don’t know or are too impatient to understand the difference between an excuse and a reason.

    • MJ

      Patriots had their share of injuries, but managed to get by with back ups.
      Injured: Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Gronk. Spikes played through a knee injury.

        • MJ

          Almost every team would lose to the 49ers, but that by no means puts them on equal footing!
          The Patriots finished with a 12-4 record with key players down.
          We made the playoffs courtesy of the Lions and Bears being even worse! Our record was not that of a true playoffs team.

          • Josh

            We probably finish 12-4 if Rodgers didn’t get hurt. If Brady got hurt, Ryan Mallet isn’t leading them to a 12-4 record. Good comparison tho…

          • MJ

            Highly speculative statement, Josh.

            Even with Rodgers we were low on red zone efficiency and having trouble with the defense.

            In turn, Brady had one of his worst yearly stats this year, due to inexperienced WRs. They relied heavily on their running game, making him less critically necesary. Gronk was lost, and with him, a great blocking and receiving TE and also the best safety valve for their offense. Wilfork was injured and the run defense plummeted. STILL, they made it 12-4… without needing to say “but if X or Y or Z was healthy …”

        • MJ

          No… they only achieved a 12-4 record and reached their conference championship to lose to Peyton & Co.
          What a shame…

          Insted, the Packers went to achieve a… uh… nevermind.

  3. Mexicancheesehead

    This is why this team will stay competitive in the future because of the brilliance of Ted Thompson.

  4. lars

    It was a pretty dumb post as was the sycophantic comment above about the “brilliance” of Ted Thompson. There’s nothing particularly brilliant about copying why the Ravens and Colts (under Pollian) used to do.

    Thompson indeed needs to improve his drafting and stop wasting picks on trade-ups for guys like Worthy and Manning.

    Thompson is a far better drafter than was Ron Wolf, but Wolf would make the trade (Favre) and sign the FA’s to put the team over the top (Jackson, White, Robinson, Dotson, Brown, Sean Jones and many others.)

    • Phatgzus

      And free agency is completely different now than it was then. How about we don’t denigrate others for having an opinion others disagree with?
      BTW it’s Polian, with one “l”.

  5. Dustin

    The goal is to make the playoffs, then we can turn our attention to the superbowl. When it comes to the Packers making the playoffs we’ve done so pretty consistently under TT’s tenure. Free Agency is fools gold more times then not, just let the experts deal with these things and you guys sit back and enjoy the ride. Plus these comp picks are basically free, why not take advantage of the nfl formula and acquire free picks?

  6. Iltarion

    No one paying their QB $18 mil or more can survive without them.

    Denver, New England, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, the Giants, and now Chicago. None of them make the playoffs without their starting QB.

  7. vj

    Yeah, go ahead and settle for 10 years of playoff futility just to win a winnable division. Eventually the competition will catch up and surpass you…it’s easy to play it safe. It takes guts and balls to put it on the line each year and go for Championships. But, what do the naysayers know…Rodgers will play at an elite level into his late 30s, right?

    I digress…Ted has had a decent offseason for once, except for overpaying a good (but not top 2) cover corner. He better hit a grand slam in that draft, however.

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