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June 23, 2017

Ted Thompson

Who’ll Be GM A Year From Now?

General manager Ted Thompson’s contract expires after the 2018 NFL Draft, so the next 10 months should be filled with rumors as to who’ll be running the team a year from now. Here’s my list of possibilities, from most likely to least likely: TED THOMPSON – Assuming both his health and his team remain good, it’s

Mixon, The Player, Is Terrific

How a general manager views Joe Mixon depends on which of two videos he considers the more important. If it’s the one where the former Oklahoma star punches a young woman in the jaw, then he won’t even consider selecting the running back in the upcoming draft. If it’s the one where the 228-pounder runs through and

Tough Decisions Await Thompson

It’s probably a good thing Ted Thompson decided to stick around for at least one more year because the Green Bay Packers will be facing some incredibly tough decisions in the coming days and weeks. The team’s most talented free agents (Jared Cook, T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, JC Tretter and Eddie Lacy) all come with

Notes: Veteran Depth Is OK

Last week was the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXI, a game in which the Green Bay Packers captured their third Lombardi Trophy by pummeling the New England Patriots. Looking back, I had almost forgotten how experienced that historically great team was, especially at a number of key backup positions. Prior to that magical season, Hall

Notes: Money For Nothing

Richard Rodgers, along with center Corey Linsley, will see their base salaries get bumped from 696,000 to $1.838 million for next season because they qualified for the salary escalators available to players drafted in rounds 3 to 7. As it pertains to the fourth-year tight end from Cal, that might not be such great news.

Front Office Remains Intact

Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf and director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst will remain in Green Bay for at least one more year. That’s because the two highly regarded front office executives removed their names from consideration for the GM job in San Francisco and signed new deals with the Packers. So while ultimately nothing

Better Off Ted

It sure seems like a lot of people want to push GM Ted Thompson out the door, or at the very least relocate him to a small corner office at 1265 Lombardi Ave. It’s certainly understandable. After all, what’s that slacker done in 12 seasons other than take the Packers to the playoffs nine times and

Draft Providing Little Impact

The Green Bay Packers’ 2016 draft class might eventually be terrific, but right now it’s one of the least impactful in the entire league. And that simply can’t happen when a general manager avoids free agency the way a vampire avoids sunlight. Ted Thompson drafted seven players last April, and all seven are on the

Nightmare In Nashville

There was a time when the Green Bay Packers, following a tough loss, would’ve punished a middling team like the Tennessee Titans. But that was quite a while ago. Sunday, the Titans punished the middling Packers after a tough loss of their own. The nightmare in Nashville dropped Green Bay to 4-5. The good news is

Former Execs Finding Success

The five men who worked under Ron Wolf and who are now general managers in the NFL have a combined record of 15-7 this season. When you consider how good Ted Thompson, John Schneider, John Dorsey, Reggie McKenzie and Scot McCloughan are at their jobs, it’s hard to imagine how the Packers of the mid-90s ever made

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