Cory Corner: Ted Thompson’s loyalty will pay dividends

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  1. francesco
    March 15, 2014

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    March 15, 2014

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    • 1stngoal
      March 15, 2014

      I see the trolls are out in force today. So, are you and ‘francesco’ both vikling fans, or are you both the same person? I guess all the losing from the purple midgets has driven their fans off the cliff…

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  3. Packers4 Life
    March 15, 2014

    I’m glad Thompons re-signed Shields, that was huge. But not re-signing Evan Dietrich-Smith, I don’t get…especially after the disaster experiment we had with Jeff Saturday. JC Tretter hasn’t even played yet!! Aaron Rodgers must be shaking his head somewhere.

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    • Horse
      March 15, 2014

      I get it. EDS is a business casualty. They think Tretter is the center of the future, which means EDS can’t be offered a relatively fat, long term contract. No way they would have matched Lovie’s offer. Would you?

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    • Nick Perry
      March 15, 2014

      Ted Thompson was under the Cap by $35 million, and has brought back 3 of the players on defense than helped the Packers defense finish 25th in the NFL. The Shields signing was a good signing, especially when you look at the first two years of the contract. I also like bringing back Neal and Quarless for the money he paid them, but I’m mixed on Raji considering he was playing for a contract last year and turned in the season he did. Maybe he thought teams wouldn’t look back at his 2012 and 13 seasons and pay him on his 2010 season.

      Letting EDS walk for the money he signed for doesn’t make much sense to me. EDS was the 7th or 8th ranked Center in the NFL last year. Hell Rodgers even lobbied for EDS to be signed on his weekly radio show. Are the Packers putting their $110 million dollar mans future in the hands of a kid who broke his ankle in the 1st day of activities? Lang, Barclay, someone else? No matter who it is it’s more shuffling and less continuity. Rodgers will be taking snaps from his 4th center in as many years and what everyone hoped would be a stable top 10 offensive line, is in flux again.

      There’s a old saying, “If nothing changes, nothing changes”. Detroit, Minnesota, and the Bears all improved their football teams this off-season. Ted T has stood pat again. He’s sat back as most of the Safeties and D-Linemen signed elsewhere. As concerning that is to me, I find something else just plain odd. Everyone of the Free Agents that schedule a visit to Green Bay never even make it! Why is that? Does TT have such a cheap low balling reputation in the NFL, that he’s become nothing more than a pawn agents use? As a stock holder (Like that means anything), a Packers fan that endured the 70′s and 80′s, and someone who has always tried to see the big picture when it comes to Thompson, I’m really starting to wonder what TT is trying to do. Football isn’t won in March, but when your only playoff win is against Joe Webb in the last 3 years, you have to wonder what it is Thompson’s doing.

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      • Archie
        March 15, 2014

        Well stated sir.

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      • Morgan Mundane
        March 16, 2014

        I’m with you except the Shields thing was for way too much money. He could have paid him half that amount and Shields would have signed.
        Peppers, ditto, but I like Allen better than peppers just for the sake Allen is two years younger and brings enthusiasm to the game.
        I too see our NFC counterparts making wise decisions, filling needed holes with talent and looking for the draft for those skilled players. Ted has frittered away the money now so he may need to trade some top picks for later picks. there is always a price to pay for stupidity.

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  4. starr57
    March 15, 2014

    Fransesco,

    The fact that you can’t spell Lombardi’s name correct brings a whole lot of doubt that you are actually a Packer fan.

    I’m curious when did you play for The Packers?
    Or is the use of the word “we”, just an easy way to say “The Packers” since you were not sure how to spell Packers.

    Ted Thompson(aka TT I guess), has brought stability and kept the winning going while making some real tough decisions along the way.

    9yrs, 6 playoff appearances 4 Division titles including the last 3, and let’s not forget That little trophy that I guess you would call “The Lombardy Trophy”.

    If in fact you are an actual Packer fan, I’m betting you have been a fan for less than 20 years, the reason, if you would have been around for The 70′s and 80′s, you would know the real definition of “mediocrity”.

    The fact that you try to compare today’s GM to that of any GM of the 60′s, let alone Vince tells me you don’t have a clue what it takes to keep a team successful in these days of Free Agency.
    I haven’t always agreed with Ted Thompson’s moves, letting Evan Dietrich-Smith go this year is one that I question, but as always time will tell what the plan was and as the season progresses, I’m confident that that plan will keep the winning going in Green Bay.

    Little advice, be a fan, quit trying to be an NFL GM, there are only 32 of them in the world and Ted Thompson was and still is one of the best.

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    • Archie
      March 15, 2014

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      • 1stngoal
        March 15, 2014

        lol! I stopped reading at “man-made climate change” You lost all your credibility with that one.

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      • Steve Cheez
        March 16, 2014

        That goes far in explaining Archie

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  5. Anonymous
    March 15, 2014

    Could not agree more Cory.

    The loyalty shown to Brad Jones, AJ Hawk, and Morgan Burnett paid huge dividends for our top-ranked D. No doubt TT re-signing his boys Raji and Neal will make offenses around the league fear our D yet again in 2014.

    My only regret is TT’s lack of loyalty to MD Jennings. I mean TT was the wizard who discovered him and had to take great pride in MD’s play as a starter the past 27 games. How could he possibly let him go?

    My only question is, who was the Cory J who wrote the article 10 days ago assuring us, when it was thought that they would sign elsewhere, that Shields and Rsji would not be missed?

    Actually, a second question is, does TT give you pats on the head when for your unwavering loyalty (Raji and Shields not that good if they go elsewhere, TT shrewd when they do re-sign) or are you auditioning for a job as the Packers’ chief propogandist?

    Because I think Vic K already has that job locked up if it is the latter.

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    • Horse
      March 15, 2014

      Anonymous thinks that Packers don’t notice that playing well gets rewarded by this team.

      Anonymous is convinced that a GM needs to be clairvoyant and know how players will play in the future no matter what the circumstances around them are.

      All the other GMs in the league are clairvoyant. None of the others go down on the field and injure players like Ted does. Fire Ted.

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    • JimR_in_DC
      March 15, 2014
  6. Horse
    March 15, 2014

    Nice job Cory.

    Think about being drafted as a Bronco, working your way up by working hard, then the heartbreak of the last two seasons.

    In just a few days the club makes players from outside the org the highest paid non-QBs on the team. Your contract runs out in 2014.

    That can’t sit well inside the locker room.

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    • Wayne Crannell
      March 15, 2014

      On the other hand, think of playing in a Super Bowl.

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  7. truepackerfna
    March 15, 2014

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    • Ed Schoenfeld
      March 15, 2014

      This year that 4th round pick was David Bakhtiari.

      Without him your starting left tackle is Marshall Newhouse. Think about it.

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      • JimR_in_DC
        March 15, 2014

        Nooooooooo!

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  8. James
    March 15, 2014

    DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen or Julius Peppers are at the end of their career. What’s nuts about Free Agent Fans, is that they think that overpaying over-the-hill players from other teams guarantees a Superbowl win. Case in point is Seattle vs Denver. Denver signed a lot of over 30 players. Seattle didn’t sign any that were over 30 years old. The Packers played against Avril when he was playing with Detroit. He wasn’t that big of a splash in FA when Seattle picked him up. Then again they have a disciple of Ted Thompson in John Schneider at the helm. Denver are up to their old antics again this year signing these old FA players that their own teams refused to resign to contracts. I know I have bias because I do not like Elway. But I predict the Broncos end up with the same results, minus a Superbowl appearance this season.

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    • Nick Perry
      March 15, 2014

      John Schneider is NOTHING like Thompson. How in the hell can you call him a disciple?? Schneider uses Free Agency, makes trades, uses EVERY tool available to him to improve his football team.

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    • JimR_in_DC
      March 15, 2014

      Wow. Your argument against free agents is that they are over the hill and extremely expensive. Hahaha. Right. Free agents Shields, Raji, EDS, Neal don’t fit that mold. Ohhhh, only our free agents aren’t too old and overpriced. Wait, is it possible other teams have reasonable (age, cost) free agents that we can consider? Hahaha! Seriously, I’m tired of reading all these straw an arguments against free agency. I expect TT to exploit all reasonable avenues to field the best team he can every season. Period.

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      • JimR_in_DC
        March 15, 2014

        Strawman, not straw an. Crazy autocorrect!

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      • JimR_in_DC
        March 15, 2014

        Wow…Peppers is now a Packer.

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      • Nick Perry
        March 15, 2014

        LMAO!!! I know, who would have thougt. Just when you think he’ll never change he’s signs Peppers. Still would have loved EDS back though.

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    • Morgan Mundane
      March 16, 2014

      I can see signing a free agent in his prime but agree, Peppers would have been fine for half the price. No one, no one, not one athlete on earth can defeat father time. Peppers in his mind thinks he can be a 27 year old or something again and it ain’t happening. Da bears dumped him for a reason and it wasn’t all money.
      They should have taken Allen who is faster and two years younger if your going that route.
      My take is simple, Ted is no rocket scientist. 39 mil for Shields? Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase say no!

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      • Steve Cheez
        March 16, 2014

        Don’t forget, people thought Woodson was over the hill in ’06

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  9. Dhazer
    March 15, 2014

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    • Ed Schoenfeld
      March 15, 2014

      The contracts for Neal and Raji were not that expensive for their positions.

      Its 2014. Stamps cost 49 cents, not 15.

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  10. Archie
    March 15, 2014

    What are we w/o Rodgers? The answer to that question should tell you what kind of a GM we have i.e., an utter failure. After a decade at the helm there is no excuse for this team not to be solid in all phases of the game. Someone mentioned keeping their R3 pick to draft Alex Greene rather than giving it to Buffalo for Marshawn Lynch (A HOF RB in his prime!) shows just how clueless this clown is.

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    • Ed Schoenfeld
      March 15, 2014

      What are the Patriots without Brady or the Broncos without Manning? What is any team that has an actual top 5 Qb without that player?

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    • marpag
      March 15, 2014

      And where is Rodgers without TT? Cleveland maybe…

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      • JimR_in_DC
        March 15, 2014

        And where is Angelina Jolie without me?

        Oh, wait….never mind.

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      • joe-z
        March 15, 2014

        Marshawn lynch a hof running back? really? he has barely a 3.4 yd per carry average.he had one good run in the playoffs against the saints and he is a hof running back, ha

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  11. Cuda B
    March 15, 2014

    Wow, alot of you really look stupid now after today’s signing.

    And to the jaghoff who said Clay is a waste of money, you really should put your helmet back on. You apparently beat your head against the wall a bit too much today. Idiot.

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  12. jOE
    March 16, 2014

    I love all of the armchair GMs. TT signed four free agents and one guy that was almost a FA. I don’t think he is done yet, old whitey is a great GM and we are lucky to have him.

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  13. Morgan Mundane
    March 16, 2014

    Ted brought back some guys who are marginal players. No one but no one showed any interest in the four guys he brought back so quit trying to make it sound loyalty. He tried to low ball all four of them in the first place. Then he gives the world to a mediocre corner who has yet to prove himself.
    Then he goes and spends a gazillion on a 34 year old defensive end and could have had a Jared Allen for less money and Allen is only 32 next month.
    Lets be totally honest and just look at the facts. Datone J had 12 total tackles and one sack last year by game 12. Perry has been in and out of the lineup and when he plays, he shows inability to pass rush and or stop the run. Teams ran right at and over him all of last year. They knew who our weakest link was from game film. Worthy has done nothing when healthy. Pre draft analyst said he often went missing in games. He’s been missing for two seasons now and was a number 2 pick. We wouldn’t have spent the bucks on Peppers had Datone showed up.
    So genius Ted picked two one’s and a two who are the Three Bustkateers.

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  14. Morgan Mundane
    March 16, 2014

    Ted brought back some guys who are marginal players. No one but no one showed any interest in the four guys he brought back so quit trying to make it sound loyalty. He tried to low ball all four of them in the first place. Then he gives the world to a mediocre corner who has yet to prove himself.
    Then he goes and spends a gazillion on a 34 year old defensive end and could have had a Jared Allen for less money and Allen is only 32 next month.
    Lets be totally honest and just look at the facts. Datone J had 12 total tackles and one sack last year by game 12. Perry has been in and out of the lineup and when he plays, he shows inability to pass rush and or stop the run. Teams ran right at and over him all of last year. They knew who our weakest link was from game film. Worthy has done nothing when healthy. Pre draft analyst said he often went missing in games. He’s been missing for two seasons now and was a number 2 pick. We wouldn’t have spent the bucks on Peppers had Datone showed up.
    So genius Ted picked two one’s and a two who are the Three Bustkateers.

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  15. Cuda B
    March 16, 2014

    A “gazillion”? From all reports, if it doesn’t work out, it won’t be a cap hindrance next year. And I’m glad you know how much Allen wants. Apparently he is going to retire if he doesn’t get what he wants, which judging by the lack of a race to sign him actually might approach your gazillion, however you define it. Also, every analysis I read rates Peppers above Allen.

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  16. Best Fiverr Alternative
    May 9, 2014

    Good day, solid write up, really thanks for your insight

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