It is currently the second day of free agency in the offseason for an uncapped year in 2010. The first day was a very busy one, seeing big name players sign huge deals with new teams, and also seeing a big name player traded.
Not surprisingly, though, Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson hasn't made a big move yet. It's also very unlikely that he will make a big move.
Recently, and in the past, Ted Thompson has been criticized for exactly this. Not signing big names in free agency. Teddy's philosophy is to build through the draft and save the money so he can re-sign his current players.
With the signing of Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor by the Bears and the signing of Kyle Vanden Bosch by the Lions, the Packers zero moves doesn't look very good. This is why the Thompson bashing is starting up again. It's happened every offseason for the last six years.
But it's got to stop. People cannot continue to bash Thompson for what he doesn't do in free agency. In fact, people need to stop bashing him for anything. Thompson hasn't been perfect, but can you name me a GM that has been over the last five-plus years? I'd be very surprised if you could.
Teddy took over the team before the 2005 season. He took over a franchise that had been almost ruined by Mike Sherman. You cannot blame Ted for the 4-12 season in 2005 because the team that was on the field was mostly Sherman's.
In 2006, the Packers went 8-8. They improved to 13-3 the next year, then dropped back down to 6-10 with a new quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. This past year saw the Packers finish 11-5 with a playoff loss in Arizona.
The thing that I fail to see is why so much hate on Teddy, especially now? Ted Thompson has done his job wonderfully the past 6 seasons. He was hired to turn the Packer franchise back around in whatever way he thought best, and he has done exactly that.
What was once a very mediocre club is now a perennial Super Bowl contending team, and it looks to be that for a long time. What Thompson has done is fill this Packer team with loads of young talent on both sides of the ball.
By using the draft, Teddy has made this team very talented and very young, which is a good thing because the longer the players play, the more championships they'll contend for.
Thompson has done a good job of spending his money on his own players as well. Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, and BJ Raji all have considerable years left on their contracts, and it looks to be that soon Nick Collins will get a big contract before 2010.
Ted has also shown that he is willing to sacrifice on some of his own policies if it means helping the team's needs sooner rather than later. He signed Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett in free agency, and he also drafted two defensive studs in the first round last year, walking away from his usual policy of drafting the best player available.
In the face of the Bears and Lions both adding premier pass rushers on the first day of Free Agency, Teddy quickly finished contract negotiations with Chad Clifton and signed him to a three-year, $20 million deal. Clifton was necessary to help the Packers offensive line next year with the added pass rushers in the NFC North.
All in all, Packer fans really need to quit it with the hating on Ted Thompson. One day they're yelling about how Teddy sucks and won't spend money, the next day they're excited and can't wait for the Packers in 2010 because they know they'll be really good. Where's the logic to this? Ted Thompson deserves applause for what he's done in Green Bay.
It's because of him the Packers are as good as they are right now, and it's because of him that the Packers with be the 2010's Team of the Decade.