The Green Bay Packers' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

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The Green Bay Packers' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency
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When it come to free agency, general manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers rarely uses it in its pure form, which is signing fairly well-known players who are free to play for any NFL team. Instead, he prefers to sign street free agents or rookie free agents.

But things might be different in 2014.

For one thing, Ian Rapoport recently reported that the Packers could be big spenders in free agency this year and perhaps sign as many as five players.

That would be a shock to Packers fans, as Thompson hasn't come close to doing anything like that since 2006, when he signed five free agents, including defensive back Charles Woodson and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett.

But if there ever was a year to perhaps make a splash in free agency, this is the year.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers are almost $35 million under the salary-cap limit of $133 million that is set for the new year starting March 11 by the NFL.

The Packers have 19 players (17 unrestricted and two restricted) who could be free agents starting March 11.

They are normally a draft-and-develop team under Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy, but this year, free agency might help bolster the roster along with the new draft selections.

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