All Is Well: Packers' Free-Agency Game Plan Is No Reason to Panic
At this point, Packers fans are getting antsy.
You see it in the comments section, on Twitter and with people wearing Clay Matthews jerseys in the street (which, given I am in New Jersey, was actually a surprise).
People are if not outright panicking certainly on the verge.
However, the truth is, this is the plan. The plan is working. It usually does.
Ted Thompson does not run out and throw money around—he's cautious. Admittedly, Thompson may be a tad too cautious, but when we see the insane contracts get handed out early, it's better to be cautious than impetuous.
Look at the teams going hard early in the process—the Miami Dolphins or the Cleveland Browns for example. One team has a new front office looking to turn things around, while the other has a GM who is in the last year of a contract who is desperate to save his job. Both are losing franchise.
A successful team isn't trying to fix all its issues in free agency. It's looking for good deals that help fix its issues but isn't going to break the bank because no one player is likely to fix multiple problems.
The Packers are not one single player away from a Super Bowl. They have multiple needs, and to try and take care of all of them—as the Dolphins are trying to do—is to spend a lot of money and then cross your fingers.
Sure, it's tough to watch players sign elsewhere. But do you really want the Packers to pay for a Mike Wallace? Are you looking to spend top dollar on Cliff Avril? Heck, Erik Walden caught a huge contract from the Colts.
People overspend all the time. But not the Packers.
By waiting, they could get Steven Jackson at a reasonable price. By waiting, they might get Greg Jennings back below what he was asking for.
By waiting, they might even be able to add players at other spots for less money.
The bargains are not during Day 1 or 2. They are the rest of the time after. Someone made this analogy—the first two days free agency is like shopping at Bergdorf-Goodman. High fashion, high prices.
The rest of free agency is like finding the same products at Target.
Would we like to see the Packers be a bit less indecisive? Perhaps.
However, it's better to take your time and get the right guy than overpay and hope it all works out.
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