Continuing a long-standing tradition of open-market inactivity in Green Bay, general manager Ted Thompson didn't sign a single unrestricted free agent this offseason.
And it's really just four signings for Green Bay after kicker Ryan Longwell inked a straw-man deal last summer that allowed him to retire a Packer. It's been 748 days since the last true UFA, Anthony Hargrove, was added on March 30, 2012. The three others -- Charlie Peprah in 2010, and Jeff Saturday and Cedric Benson in 2012 -- hardly were impact signings.
There's a method to Thompson's madness. Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette noted that the team's top decision-maker would rather accrue compensatory picks, which are triggered by losing more unrestricted free agents than you sign.
In Green Bay, Thompson's track record speaks for itself.