Green Bay Packers: Ted Thompson’s free agency hits and misses

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Jun 11, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle

Ryan Pickett

(right) and cornerback

Davon House

work out during organized team activities at

Clarke Hinkle

Field in Green Bay. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Since becoming general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 2005, Ted Thompson hasn’t made many big splashes in free agency.

This is due to a strong draft-and-develop philosophy he lives and dies by.

Aug 23, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Seattle won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

When he turns his attention to free agency, Thompson primarily looks to re-sign his own players, as opposed to opening the check book for players from other teams.

This year is likely to be no different, with the Packers’ attention being firmly on re-signing Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga, among others.

"“We’d like to re-sign all of our free-agent players,” Thompson said at the NFL combine."

Of course, it’s almost impossible to re-sign everybody while staying under the cap – therefore there will be players leaving.

In his 10 years with the Packers, drafting and developing players, then re-signing them before hitting free agency has been his style.

However, there have been some exceptions.

From time to time, Thompson will look for help elsewhere on the market.

He’s hit a few home runs in his tenure, and he’s also missed on some others.

Here’s Thompson’s biggest hits and misses in free agency …

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