Typical Green Bay Packers. Typical Ted Thompson.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan, who signed with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, appeared on NFL Network on Thursday, where he dropped this bit of knowledge.
Trevathan on if Packers reached out to him: "No they didn’t. I wish they would have but they didn’t."
Trevathan was arguably the best inside linebacker available on the free agent market. Many have suggested inside linebacker is the Packers’ biggest area of need (we’re not among them, but still).
So here you had a ready-made solution to plug a hole on your defense just hoping to get a call from you and what do you do?
Don’t lift a finger. Don’t pick up the phone. Just don’t participate in free agency like the other 31 NFL teams.
In fact, Packers general manager Ted Thompson didn’t even bother to come into the office for the first day of free agency.
So Trevathan signed with the division-rival Chicago Bears. The Bears gave him a four-year deal worth $24.5 million with $12 million guaranteed.
That’s an average salary of a little over $6 million per season. With around $20 million in cap space, it’s also a number the Packers could have absorbed.
But they wouldn’t have known that because not only do they not sign free agents, they don’t even do their due diligence anymore.