(Listen to this while you read this post)
In less than 20 hours, the NFL landscape will begin to shift as marquee free agents are wined and dined, flown in private jets across the country and showered with offers of enough money to support a third world country all for the sake of securing their services over the course of the next couple years. Contracts already given to the likes of Jordan Gross and Nnamdi Asomugha have already set the bar absurdly high as far as guaranteed money is concerned.
Of course, the Packer Blogosphere is abuzz as the big day approaches, content in the knowledge that the Packers won't be players for the big names. Indeed, this piece over at PackersLounge is a perfect primer for the naive hopeful Packer fan who hasn't been paying attention the last few years. For the fan who just can't wait and needs to engage in wild speculation, Jason Wilde has the most realiztic take on what free agency may have in store for the Packers. (As an aside - I was only vaguely familiar with Pierre Woods, the Patriots linebacker mentioned by Wilde as a possible Packer target, so I fired up my trusty Game Rewind last night and watched him over the course of three games - I can not recommend this feature from NFL.com enough)
The point is - relax. Enjoy watching other teams throw stupid money at players who, 98 percent of the time, won't come close to providing the value their contract would suggest. Do your homework on the mid-level guys. And most of all - be patient. Ryan Pickett didn't sign until three weeks into free agency and Charles Woodson didn't sign until a week before the draft. The teams that are making headlines over the upcoming weekend will not be making headlines come playoff time.
In closing, I'd like to use a quote from a Tom Silverstein article from a few years ago that I think sums up the Packers approach to free agency perfectly:
They looked at the free-agent class, ruled out the players they knew would be too expensive for their tastes and then watched as other teams paid airport restaurant prices for hot dog stand talent.
The bolded part is just brilliant. And true.
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