Unlike many PG readers, I like Ted Thompson’s overall approach to free agency and the draft.
I like sitting out the first weekend and all of its silliness. That’s especially true this year — which was a very weak free agent class. Were the Packers going to pay $100m for Albert Haynesworth? No chance. I think they would have been foolish to pay half that much. The Redskins are going to get an on-again, off-again player who is dominant when we wants to be (as he has been these past two contract years) and is mediocre when he’s unmotivated. (Think a much more talented Cletidus Hunt.)
And I don’t think the Packers would have been a significantly better team for having signed Chris Canty. (He had 3 sacks and 37 tackles playing opposite DeMarcus Ware. Maybe he’ll blossom in New York and I’ll be happy to acknowledge that I was wrong. But right now, he’s an average player at best and the Giants overpaid for him.) Thompson could have done more to express an interest and I think the complaints from Canty’s agent in that regard have some merit. But ultimately what matters is money and we weren’t going to pay him as much as the Giants did.
But I’m surprised that the Packers apparently aren’t interested in Vonnie Holiday. As Greg Bedard points out, Holliday likes Wisconsin, he’s a veteran and a he’s a leader. And he can still play. In fact, his numbers — 3.5 sacks, 29 tackles — look a lot like Chris Canty’s — and Holliday wasn’t playing opposite DeMarcus Ware.