Of course, by the time you read this he could be signed with the Giants or the Seahawks, but if not…
The interest shown by the Packers in ex-Cowboy defensive end Chris Canty is surprising, but not entirely without precedent. Neither is Thompson’s deliberate approach. While Packer fans gnash their teeth and pull their hair out wondering why Thompson doesn’t throw stupid money at a second tier free agent, they would be wise to remember how Thompson went about acquiring Ryan Pickett. They have forgotten that Pickett was being pursued by several teams, most ardently by the Buffalo Bills. Thompson was patient, set his price and sold Pickett and his agent on what the Packers had to offer. When Pickett made it clear they were going to visit other teams, Thompson didn’t panic. He knew that the value he had assigned to Pickett was exactly where it should be and he refused to be pressured into overpaying. After seemingly losing out on the defensive tackles services, Pickett surprised most onlookers by choosing to sign with the Packers.
Now, this is far from a perfect analogy, of course. Canty is being persued by many more teams, and all of them save for the Packers are offering a 4-3 end position, a much more glamourus spot than the thankless end position in the 3-4. But Thompson’s early interest indicates that he is more than willing to meet whatever price Canty and his agent have set. No doubt Thompson (or Reggie McKenzie) has sold Canty’s agent on the Packers and what they have to offer (A young defense in need of leadership, a young talented quarterback who will only get better, a town that worships their football players like demi-Gods etc.)
As stated above, there’s every chance Canty is signed somewhere by the time you read this. (As I said in the comments below – I’ll be shocked if he makes it past the weekend without signing a contract) But the chances the Packers could land Canty’s services are probably better than they appear.