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Notebook: Thompson still believes in draft-and-develop strategy

12:37 PM, Jan. 23, 2014
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson. File/Press-Gazette Media
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A disappointing and injury-riddled 8-8-1 season hasn't shaken Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson from his core beliefs.

That's why the 61-year-old Thompson is again in Mobile, Ala., scouting the next crop of prospects to feed his draft-and-develop mantra instead of salivating over the upcoming pool of free agents.

This year, though, Thompson's work is a bit trickier. The Packers have 17 unrestricted free agents. Several, such as cornerback Sam Shields and defensive lineman B.J. Raji, should command a bull market. ...

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