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GM Thompson elusive at NFL Combine

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – Packers general manager Ted Thompson was his normal elusive self during his media session at the Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. He was at least up front of about his series of non-answers. “In settings like this, I try to be informative but I’m honest when I say I’m not going to tell any trade secrets up here while I’m here,” Thompson said. “It’s just not going to happen. I’m not  going to lie. I guess you could go the route and be like “Opposite George” on “Seinfield.” You know, say whatever’s the opposite. “I like to try to be honest with you, but at the same time, I’m not going to give away any information that I think could be used against us. I don’t think that makes a lot of sense. This is a very small fraternity in the National Football League, and once you get to Indianapolis with everybody here, it’s even smaller. I tell our scouts to listen and don’t talk.” Thompson also dropped this gem. “I don’t talk specific about any of our guys that may or may not be free agents, and I certainly wouldn’t speculate on what our plans would be,” Thompson said. There were a few items he addressed: Safety Nick Collins is due to see the doctor in March and finalize plans on the state of his career after suffering a season-ending neck injury. “I don’t know where that is,” Thompson said. “It’s not going to be up to me, it’s going to be a medical decision. “Everything I’ve heard has been positive.” Thompson also said he expects tackle Derek Sherrod to return from a broken tibia and fibula to have a long career. He also noted that tight end Andrew Quarless’ rehab from a knee injury is going fine. The Packers GM reiterated his stance that he will continue to draft the best player available regardless of position. (Even if the defense is the pressing need.) “I’m a firm a believer, and I know it sounds trite and maybe I’m making it up and we don’t do that,” Thompson explained, “but I think you absolutely have to treat a draft choice, especially early in the draft as a long-term investment. And the best policy, in my view, is to take the best player because it gives you the best chance at getting a return on your investment.”

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