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Cheese Curds, 3/21: Packers' Mark Murphy supports Thompson's free agency approach

Wish Ted Thompson's boss would fire him because of his inaction in free agency? Too bad.

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The Green Bay Packers have done business much the same this offseason as they have in the past. They do not get into bidding wars over free agents with other teams when their preferred price is exceeded, they tend to re-sign known quantities (i.e. their own free agents), and they build through the draft.

We have seen plenty of complaints on social media and elsewhere about this approach, and there have been numerous calls for Packers CEO and team president Mark Murphy to fire Thompson. Well, Murphy was interviewed over the weekend, and to those people wanting him to replace Ted, his responses can be summarized in two words: dream on.

Ted's not going anywhere, not if Murphy has anything to say about it - which of course he does.

On a more somber note, an NFL player died over the weekend as the result of a vehicle crash. Let's take a minute to send well wishes to his everyone affected by his passing today.

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Our condolences go out to Walker's family and the Baltimore Ravens.