Aaron Nagler from Bleacher Report joined the show to talk about Packers GM Ted Thompson and the upcoming NFL Draft.
Where does Ted Thompson stack up among General Managers in the NFL from a draft and develop standpoint?:
“I think he’s one of the best… I know Packers’ fan get kind of frustrated with Ted sometimes especially because he is so reluctant to use free agency as a tool to build his teams. You can’t argue with the results; back-to back division titles, Super Bowl Championship, 15-1 regular season, that’s a lot of winning. If you talk to fans from say New York who are Jets, or down in Jacksonville or Kansas City fans, there’s a lot of bad football being played around the country, and Packers’ fans have not been privy to a whole lot of it in recent years.”
Should the Packers have made some moves in free agency?:
“I quibble at the idea that they should have made these moves, I don’t have any problem with (General Manager) Ted (Thompson) sitting out of paying these guys kind of ridiculous prices. You look at the deals that some of these free agents sign, and you just think no thanks because teams over pay in the free agent market maybe 80 percent. It’s very rare you get bang for your buck so to speak, I would much rather draft a guy and have him come up in my program, and then decide whether to pay him down the line. Not to mention the fact that they have now paid Clay Matthews and they are getting ready to pay Aaron Rodgers to make them the highest paid players at their positions. Aaron Rodgers is probably going to be the highest paid player in the league. Well you know that’s because they don’t make these foolish investments in free agency that they are able to do that. I would much rather draft a guy, develop him, and then decide to keep him and spend my money that way, then spend money on a guy who you’re not quite sure of how he’s going to fit your scheme, not quite sure how he’s going to fit in your locker room, much rather draft and develop these guys.”
Aaron Rodgers window of being one of the top quarterbacks in the league is limited, is Thompson doing enough to take advantage of Rodgers’ window of opportunity?:
“I think so. If you look at, except for last year, he has taken a wide receiver nearly every draft and I think he will again this weekend, and that’s because he knows he has a great quarterback and he wants to give him weapons. Now Greg Jennings leaves, Donald Driver retires and they still have three fantastic receivers, that didn’t just happen by chance. These are all guys that Ted Thompson drafted… He knows he has a coach that likes to spread things out, use multiple wide receiver sets, and as I said, he’ll probably get him another one this weekend. He drafted Jermichael Finley. For all the drama that happens off the field, the guy is a gifted, athletic receiver when his head on straight which it appeared to be at the end of last year.”