May 22, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson (right) visits with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin during organized team activities at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers: Good things come to those who wait

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson (left) talks with head coach Mike McCarthy prior to the family night scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


It’s mid- March and free agency is in full swing around the NFL.

Well … not everywhere around the league.

Much to the dismay of some fans, it has been relatively quiet in Green Bay as usual.  Many fans are urging the Green Bay Packers to fix the defense that struggled in free agency.  Sure, there are/were some notable names in the mix like DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers, Justin Tuck, Darrelle Revis, etc.  But, in free agency you are paying for past performance, and this early in free-agency, that comes with a price tag.  It’s not just money either, it’s stats, age, and desire to play.

These guys are good football players, but in free agency you’re paying for a name.  Would you rather buy a new pair of Nike shoes, or pay way more for the same pair that are 10-15 years old?

There’s a reason why Ted Thompson is at the helm during free agency.  If we let half the fans make the same upper management decisions, it’s scary to think about where this team would be.

Free agency is more than just money and players.  It’s a lot about being smart and keeping a level head.  When the right player comes along, it’ll happen.

For those Packers fans who are restless and angry with the upper management, remember that good things come to those that wait.  The virtue of patience plays an important role in success and making smart decisions.

It’s easy to throw money around for big names but that’s not who the Packers are.  It takes a special organization to do what the Packers have done in developing their own through the draft.  If your biggest problem with the Packers is that they don’t spend, spend, spend – the Vikings, Bears, and Lions are always looking for new fans.

I’ll take the new pair of Nikes to keep me from falling on my ass and going broke.

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