Hello from Indianapolis and welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. The NFL never sleeps, so grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know as the NFL combine kicks into gear.
We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at Ted Thompson and how the Packers general manager will take center stage for the Packers on Wednesday morning.
Six months ago, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson held his final news conference of training camp Aug. 30, four days before submitting the 53-man roster that began the regular season.
He stood behind a lectern for approximately 15 minutes, and during that time his cell phone rang not once, but twice. A reporter in the audience made a sarcastic remark about Thompson missing his chance for a huge trade by silencing the calls.
Though made in jest, the comment was veiled in the singular criticism most often ascribed to Thompson, who at age 64 is preparing for his 13th season atop the personnel department. For all of his success as an executive — from drafting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to deftly constructing a perennial contender — Thompson’s lack of aggression on the open market is an irritant both inside and out of the organization.
Ryan Wood writes on Eddie Lacy and his chances at a return to Green Bay when free agency opens next week.
I chatted with readers on Tuesday afternoon over on our Facebook page.
USA Today wonders if the Packers might sign free-agent-to-be Adrian Peterson as “payback” for Brett Favre:
Elsewhere, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle pulled out Ted Thompson’s profile from an old Oilers media guide.
None of the Packers free agents are going to be cheap to re-sign:
Over at CheeseheadTV, Michelle Bruton writes that the Packers are more than an Adrian Peterson away from a Super Bowl:
The entire NFL world is here in Indy, and that usually means teams and agents start talking deals. As Rob Demovsky writes, don’t be surprised if the Packers get a few done this week:
Peter King talks Peterson and Packers in his latest mailbag:
The Power Sweep reviews the Packers' Week 7 victory over the Bears:
ESPN’s John Anderson talks being a Packers fan:
With the combine kicking off today, Draft Wire looks at which tight ends will perform the best here in Indy:
Get the lowdown on the 40 yard dash:
You never know who’s going to star this week, but here’s a list of guys with that potential:
Here’s the full list of combine participants: