Green Bay Packers' general manager Ted Thompson historically has not been a huge believer in signing big-ticket free agents. Each March, many NFL teams go on lavish shopping sprees, but the Packers tend to add only role players. This year's signing of Julius Peppers is more of an exception to the rule.
That doesn't mean the Packers haven't made some impact free-agent signings over the years. Here is a look at the top five unrestricted free-agent signings in Green Bay Packers history.
This list is restricted to modern unrestricted free agency. It does not include players who were not drafted and later signed with the Packers as free agents and does not include the short-lived "Plan B" free agency of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Players are ranked on their performance after they signed with the Packers. Their statistics, the length of their time in Green Bay and their impact on the franchise are all taken into account.
Feel free to comment on any player on this list that you feel deserved to be higher or lower or that you believe should not be on the list at all. Also feel free to mention any players omitted from the list that you feel should be here. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.