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Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson to Build Defense Through Free Agency

Ted Thompson Green Bay Packers Free Agency

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The clouds have parted and a single beam of sunshine has peaked through. Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has decided that free agency is the way to go if the team is going to reach the Super Bowl in 2014.

Reports from inside sources confirm that Thompson will use every bit of their whopping $30 million in salary cap space in order to improve the defense immediately, which will be accomplished by signing free agents outside of the Packers. That doesn’t mean Packers free agent Sam Shields is long gone, but it does mean that several positions are in for an overhaul.

Obviously, this is incredible news and music to the ears of Packers fans worldwide. It’s quite clear that Green Bay is just a couple of critical pieces away from being legitimate contenders once again. The best part is Thompson recognizes that. He knows the team needs a consistent pass rusher opposite of Clay Matthews , an efficient defensive lineman (or two) to hold the run game and a safety that is capable of making game-changing plays.

It certainly won’t be easy to get the necessary parts. With that being said, the good news is Thompson is prepared to bring in proven talent instead of fixing Green Bay’s issues strictly through the draft. There’s no question the draft has been good to the Packers for the most part, but it’s time to plug in some savvy veterans to force the younger players to raise their level of play. The move to acquire outside free agents also means Thompson will be signing guys to fit the style of defensive coordinator Dom Capers ’ defense, which means the brilliant mind isn’t going anywhere.

I believe another big reason why Thompson has elected to search for players in free agency is because he isn’t a young guy anymore. At 61 years old, he doesn’t have a lot of time left in Green Bay’s front office. Everyone surrounding the Packers organization expects the team to get more than just the one championship during their tenure, which is why the time to act is now.

Fans of the Packers better strap in because it’s going to be a very exciting offseason.

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