MINNAPOLIS, Minn. (WBAY) - Sometimes it’s ‘gut’ to be aggressive; but will the Packers new General Manager Brian Gutekunst pull the trigger more on free agency and trades than Ted Thompson?
If you look at the teams in the Super Bowl, and we’ve broken it down this week, they’ve made a lot of moves outside the draft. The Packers may need to get on that level.
Tyler Dunne, Bleacher Report: “Ted Thompson was ahead of the game the first half of his tenure. The draft and developing and not taking risks on free agents that can really make you go bankrupt as a franchise but then the game kind of changed. We saw this new cycle these last three years where the salary cap keeps rising and you do need to take those chances or you are going to be left in the dust. You look at both of these (Super Bowl teams), they sign veterans that have led them to this point.”
Albert Breer, MMQB.Com: “One of the things that building through the draft is, it’s a great way to build up the meat and potatoes of your roster so I think what Ted Thompson has done well is building up the meat and the potatoes of the roster and you’ve seen some guys get older now so some of the guys who were your difference makers. Jordy (Nelson), Clay (Matthews), Randall (Cobb), who are a little older who may have leveled off a little bit so to me that’s really part of the equation here. Do you have a enough blue chip players? I feel like they have enough red chip players. The guts of the roster is in pretty good shape. I don’t think they’ve got this gigantic glaring holes.”
No huge holes, but there are talent gaps that need to be bridged if Green Bay wants to be able to withstand the injuries that are bound to happen and still be Super Bowl bound at the end of the year.