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Thompson not likely to abandon cost-conscious philosophy in free agency

3:25 PM, Mar. 9, 2013
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who recently voided the final year of his contract, has said he wants to go to a Super Bowl contender, although there's been no indication the Packers will pursue him. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who recently voided the final year of his contract, has said he wants to go to a Super Bowl contender, although there's been no indication the Packers will pursue him. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
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In last year's draft, Ted Thompson bucked his draft history as the Green Bay Packers' general manager and traded away extra picks to move up three times.

With $21 million in salary cap room this year, could Thompson again drastically break form, this time in free agency, and try to get his team over the top with aggressive pursuit of players on the open market this offseason?

The smart money says no, in part because of Thompson's disdain for free agency, but also because of the deceiving nature of the Packers' cap space. ...

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