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Free Agency: While there are many names out there that could be of immediate service , I doubt the team would pay for any free agents with so many of their own players to lock up. Thompson uncharacteristically signed a few free agents last offseason, but none of them made a significant impact.
Thompson will turn his focus to retaining his own talent through extensions.
LB Clay Matthews - 2013 will be the final year in Matthews' contract, and the Packers are expected to pay top-dollar for their defensive playmaker. While a hamstring injury limited Matthews' play this year, he still compiled 13 sacks on a shortened season. Only 26, he has compiled 42.5 sacks in just four professional seasons and appears to be getting better.
There are a few other players who's contracts expire in 2014.
Among them is quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps the most underpaid at his position, given his credentials, Rodgers displayed another MVP-caliber performance in 2012 and can command the biggest quarterback contract in the league.
Given his loyalty to the organization and love for Green Bay, I would expect Rodgers to sign an extension sometime during the 2013 season that leaves some money on the table for a longer term, team-friendly deal.
Nose Tackle BJ Raji is another player who could get consideration for an extension as he's outplayed his deal and could get locked up cheaply before free agency two seasons from now.