Thompson declines other teams leftovers : Packers Insider

Thompson declines other teams leftovers

September 9, 2010 by  
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Sept 9, 2010 ~by Bob McGinn

~Nobody insulates themselves against outside forces when it comes to building a football team quite like the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers don’t do unrestricted free agency, trades and waivers. If truth be told, they really don’t seem to have much interest in anyone who’s been under contract with another NFL team.

“We draft and develop,” coach Mike McCarthy said this week, and the Packers might do it better than anyone in the industry.

Look what happened over the weekend. In what was unprecedented for Green Bay, and a rarity for the league as a whole, the Packers had five players claimed on waivers. A sixth, punter Chris Bryan, was signed by Tampa Bay on Monday.

Ted Thompson, the general manager, expressed disappointment that the club’s effort to trade any or all of those six players fizzled. 

TE Spencer Havner celebrates one of his touchdown catches last year against the division champion Vikings. Havner tied Greg Jennings last year in TD catches, but was a very surprise cut last Sunday by Thompson. Havner was immediately claimed by a number of teams, with the Lions getting him.

The Packers aren’t in the business of supplying other teams with good players. It was flattering to what Thompson has built but a form of failure nonetheless.

Still, the Packers can head into the regular season knowing that the 53 players they did keep are the envy of more than a few opposing personnel directors.

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