How general manager Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers handled the Greg Jennings situation stays right on the strategy Thompson has rigidly stuck to since taking the reins in 2005. His frugality with his own players and passiveness when it comes to free agency splashes have left the Packers’ draft selections well-stocked and salary cap sustainable.
It’s also led to parting ways with fan favorites who have played major roles in bringing the franchise a Lombardi Trophy, along with some emotional farewells. Jennings took out an ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to say goodbye to the cheeseheads: “Even when gone or simply far away, memories are like a strong emotion. They seem to somehow stay.”
Charles Woodson felt the cold, shrewd blade of an offseason cut, with his high cap-hit and 36-year old body weighing more on the Packers’ 2013 equation than his leadership, which has produced famous moments like his halftime speech during the 2011 Super Bowl win. He left Green Bay quietly as one of the most beloved Packers of all time.
Meanwhile, the Packers continue through another offseason devoid of splashes that bring in high-profile names, or many names at all. Have you heard of Giorgio Tavecchio? Didn’t think so. That might be the most high-impact free agent signing thus far.
But here’s the thing: It’s addressing a weak area on a team that has very few — the kicker position. And with huge extensions like Aaron Rodgers‘ coming up, this lack of noise is comforting.
After the public relations crisis that ensued following the front office’s standoff with Brett Favre — and Thompson’s last laugh right around the time Rodgers hoisted the Lombardi Trophy — an offseason of major cuts and no splash moves inevitably gets full benefit of the doubt in Wisconsin.