Morning Buzz: Thompson's dollars and cents
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. Grab a strong cup of coffee, or brew some English breakfast tea if that’s your thing, and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the spending habits of Ted Thompson and the Packers when it comes to the construction of their roster.
In evaluating the Packers’ payroll, you can come to some reasonable conclusions about Thompson’s roster.
» He regards offensive tackles way more than he does guards.
» He hasn’t done very well drafting defensive linemen or inside linebackers.
» He feels he can win with just about any running back and doesn’t value them much in free agency or the draft.
» He has responded to coach Mike McCarthy’s wishes that the tight end position be more than an extension of wide receiver.
After wide receiver, the Packers have devoted the most cap money to outside linebacker ($23.7 million), quarterback ($21.5 million), defensive line ($19,385,160) and tackle ($15,729,876).
I answered a handful of reader questions, touching on Davon House, Adrian Peterson and Randall Cobb, in my weekly mailbag.
Pete Dougherty gives us a rundown of Ted Thompson’s best and worst draft picks by round throughout his tenure in Green Bay.
Elsewhere, Zach Kruse wonders if the need at cornerback is more pronounced outside the building than anything going on inside 1265 Lombardi:
Can the Packers fill their roster holes with one draft? Tom Oates doesn’t think so.
Justis Mosqueda’s latest for Cheesehead TV is must-read stuff for anyone interested in what Ted Thompson’s draft tendencies mean for this year’s prospects:
The Power Sweep takes a closer look at the term “best player available”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame recognized Curly Lambeau’s birthday over the weekend:
Just enjoy the pure awkwardness of this photo:
SB Nation compiled close to 75 mock drafts to see who is the most popular pick for each team Currently, T.J. Watt has a comfortable lead when it comes to the Packers:
Mike McCarthy is one of a very small number of NFL head coaches who have been in their current job for more than a handful of seasons:
Here’s a quick outline of what trading for Richard Sherman means in terms of contract and cap:
Peter King has plenty of Wisconsin’s own Tony Romo in his Monday Morning Quarterback column:
Speaking of Romo, this “Haters Goodbye” is hilarious: