Here was the Ted Thompson strategy perfectly at play. Lose free agents. Don’t sign any free agents. Gain compensatory draft picks.
The Packers will have four in the 2018 draft.
Compensatory picks, through a much-guarded NFL formula, are awarded at the ends of round three through the end of the draft. What is surprising is that the Packers didn’t get one in round three.
Most everyone was almost certain that the Packers would get a pick there for losing T.J. Lang. We know the formula is loosely based on the amount of a player’s contract and his performance, so in the case of losing Lang, the Packers should have won.
The Packers’ compensatory picks are a fourth-round pick (No. 133 overall), two fifth-round picks (Nos. 172 and 174) and a sixth-round pick (No. 207).
The good news is these picks can be traded. So maybe new GM Brian Gutekunst will wheel two fourths and three fifths for a third?
Frankly, anything would be better than the Ted Thompson strategy of trading a second for 14 seventh-round picks.
Just gotta have more picks than everyone else! We’ll hit on some of them!
Sure you will, Trader Ted. Sure you will.