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Mike McCarthy gives Groundhog Day analogy for they're agency wallflowers (Shutdown Corner) ( today ) Courtesy of
A loyal Twitter follower asked me a few days prior to free agency a question about his beloved Green Bay Packers, something along the lines of: “Are my Packers finally going to do something in free agency?” (I for some reason can’t find the original tweet, perhaps because my answer might have led him to infer how silly the question sounded to me and delete the son of a gun.) It was short and sweet: “No.” Mind you, this was one year after the Packers had done the unthinkable: Sign an aged Julius Peppers to a bloated three-year contract (!) worth beaucoup dollars. It got Packers fans all lathered up. Perhaps GM Ted Thompson had turned over a new leaf? Negative. Consider the Peppers signing to be the Packers equivalent of Halley’s Comet. Hope you enjoyed it when it came through. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy pretty much confirmed this after his team has signed a par-for-the-course zero outside free agents since the start of the open derby in early March. Speaking with MMQB , McCarthy offered a cheeky response — as cheeky as MM gets, anyway — to Peter King’s rhetorical free-agency lob. “We obviously have a philosophy,” McCarthy said. “It’s kind of like Groundhog Day. I feel like I answer this every year, so I’ll try to be creative and answer it differently this year. But it’s just the way we operate. We do the evaluations. We just stick to our plan. Our number one priority always has been to sign our own free agents. We go into every offseason—if we have 10 conversations, nine-and-a-half of them are about our own guys.” Wish I’d have thought of this when I was asked on Twitter. Mike likely could take my job tomorrow if he didn’t have one of the Super Bowl favorites on his hands to coach. And that’s the bigger point: The Packers do it the right way. Free agency isn’t a complete and utter evil, but it’s the grand unifying everything-in-moderation theory (e.g. too much of anything can kill you: water, milk, nutmeg, poppy seeds, jogging, sleeping, even grain alcohol) of the NFL. Want to blow your friends’ minds at the bar? Throw them this nugget: Peppers is the only Packer on their current roster who has played an NFL regular-season game on another team’s roster. Seriously. Look it up. Mind. Blown. When that factoid floated across Twitter a few weeks ago, I had my requisite Twitter suspicion, but I sat there and looked up every player I knew wasn’t drafted by Thompson and Co., and darn it if it wasn’t true. Yes, the Packers mine other teams’ rosters for talent, just as every other team does. But they tend to go for younger, less-proven and cheaper options to do so, not as smitten by the shiny-object free agents as the teams that tend to finish in last place every season are. They build from within, and it’s their self-improvement that tends to keep them relevant. If Eddie Lacy is good and effective getting around 250 carries a season, then   why mess with a good thing ? And if they see what they like in a small sample size with the pistol formation? Sure, let’s try more of it . If cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House leave in free agency, there’s Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward and three young, untested players left in reserve. Draft for talent and squirrel it away when willy-nilly teams woo your starters away with foolish free-agent bucks. There’s more where that came from. Maybe Groundhog Day isn’t so bad after all? - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Yahoo! Tue, Mar 31
Source: Packers re-sign Raji to one-year deal ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Hours after the Green Bay Packers struck a deal with Letroy Guion, they reached an agreement to bring back another member of their defensive line, B.J. Raji, according to a source. ESPN Mon, Mar 30
Guion has 1-year deal to return to Packers ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Letroy Guion is coming back to the Green Bay Packers on a one-year contract, according to a source. ESPN Mon, Mar 30
NFL gives 32 compensatory picks to 14 teams (The Associated Press) Courtesy of
PHOENIX (AP) -- NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft. Yahoo! Mon, Mar 23
RSVP by Peterson's agent to Vikings GM is no go for dinner (The Associated Press) Courtesy of
Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Friday that he declined an invitation from Vikings general manager Rick Spielman to meet over dinner during the NFL owners meetings in Arizona next week. Vikings officials have met with Peterson twice this month, one visit by Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer to Peterson's home near Houston and one trip by Peterson to the New York area to speak with owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf and Spielman. Yahoo! Fri, Mar 20
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Eddie Lacy Alabama
Rajion Neal Tennessee
James Starks Buffalo
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Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin
Davante Adams Fresno State
Randall Cobb Kentucky
Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley
Jordy Nelson Kansas State
Myles White Louisiana Tech
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Andrew Quarless Penn State
Richard Rodgers California
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Mason Crosby Colorado
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Josh Boyd Mississippi State
Mike Daniels Iowa
Bruce Gaston Purdue
Letroy Guion Florida State
Datone Jones UCLA
Mike Pennel Colorado State-Pueblo
B.J. Raji Boston College
Luther Robinson
Khyri Thornton Southern Miss
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Sam Barrington South Florida
Carl Bradford Arizona State
Jayrone Elliott Toledo
Josh Francis
Adrian Hubbard Alabama
Clay Matthews USC
Andy Mulumba Eastern Michigan
Mike Neal Purdue
Nate Palmer Illinois State
Julius Peppers North Carolina
Nick Perry USC
Joe Thomas South Carolina State
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Chris Banjo Southern Methodist
Morgan Burnett Georgia Tech
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama
Jean Fanor Bethune-Cookman
Devonta Glover-Wright Utah State
Demetri Goodson Baylor
Casey Hayward Vanderbilt
Micah Hyde Iowa
Sean Richardson Vanderbilt
Sam Shields Miami (FL)