Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has been highly regarded as one of the best talent evaluators, especially when it comes to the draft.
However, his frugal philosophy of not using free agency very much seems to have caught up to him as the team struggles with depth at several positions.
Despite his success, 2016 has been part of a trend of decline for the Packers the past couple of years, and if change is to come, Thompson would seem to be one of the first to go.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, team president Mark Murphy has some decisions to make in the offseason that could change the landscape of the club.
‘Murphy, and the executive committee he serves, are at a crossroads. They have invested millions of dollars in the development of their so-called “Titletown District” and it would be disastrous for them if the team suddenly slid into a 1980s-style funk. Thompson’s conservative style, his unwavering commitment to building the team only through the draft, may have run its course. The teams that have won Super Bowls over the past decade, including his own, have used free agency, the draft and in some cases trades to stock their rosters.’