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Ted Thompson letting Cullen Jenkins go might be one of his worst moves as a general manager. While I feel Thompson has done a great job developing this team, he has a tendency to rely on younger players stepping up and avoids acquiring free agents or signing contracts to aging players. While I like his build-through-the-draft philosophy, it can result in some moves that can end up hindering the team.
Despite the Eagles missing the playoffs, Jenkins had a solid year with them and the Packers certainly missed him on the defensive line, as they had to settle for Jarius Wynn and Mike Neal at the position, neither of which were very effective.
It was clear Jenkins wanted to stay with the Packers; he said that he would have taken a pay cut to stay with the team. But Thompson felt he was past his prime and wanted to give young player Neal a shot. Unfortunately, the pass rush was not the same, which caused this defense to give up so many yards this season both through the ground and through the air.
Hopefully Thompson will learn from some of his past mistakes and keep some of these players that may be getting older, but certainly have plenty left in the tank.