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Cheese Curds, 3/28: Ted Thompson speaks on free agency & Bennett's off-field interests

Green Bay has no qualms about its newest free agent's pursuits outside of football, and the team's GM addressed some of the team's actions this spring.

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It's not often that Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson speaks to the media, so it's worth examining his words the few times each year that he does. This week was one of those times, with Thompson making himself available at the NFL's owners meetings in Phoenix.

In today's curds, we look at his discussion of the team's decisions in free agency, as he uncharacteristically comments on a couple of players who departed for other teams over the past month. He also spoke about a few of the team's new acquisitions, with tight end Martellus Bennett being the big name. Bennett of course has a big personality and big aspirations both on and off the football field; rest assured, though, that the team is well aware of his varied interests and not only tolerates but embraces them.

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Ryan Wood was at the league meetings this week and chatted with Thompson about the Packers' moves and non-moves in free agency. Thompson apparently was very disappointed to see Micah Hyde and T.J. Lang leave, but it was clear that he and the organization felt that they were paid well above their value by their new teams.

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Packers just fine with Martellus Bennett's "renaissance man" personality |
As we discussed in Curds a few days ago, Bennett has many varied interests off the field, but this hasn't turned off anybody in the Packers' organization; in fact, it's quite the opposite.

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Hodges is still one of my favorite day-two tight ends in this year's class, and with Bennett in town, he would be able to develop as a blocker over the next few years instead of being asked to play a starting role immediately.

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