If a happy locker room equates to performance on the field, the 2012 Packers are guaranteed to be playing deep into January. In a day and age when listening to players gripe about their contract is as common as finding a mug shot of a Detroit Lion, the level of contentment at 1265 Lombardi Avenue is remarkably high. And that’s because GM Ted Thompson has done a great job of paying his players fairly.
Think about it – how many Packers are truly underpaid? Clay Matthews ($800K) and Bryan Bulaga ($583K) come to mind, but remember, they received hefty signing bonuses and they’re still in the middle of their rookie deals. And while Marshall Newhouse ($540K) and James Starks ($400K) are certainly worth more than they’re currently making, that’s only because they’ve played far above expectations.
By filling the roster with young and inexpensive backups, Thompson has been able to take care of his best players over the years, and in the process, keep most everybody happy. It’s just one more thing Green Bay’s soft-spoken leader does better than just about every other GM in the National Football League.
NOTE: I’ll be on vacation this week, so I won’t be around the site or Twitter very much. I did, however, write some stories the past few days that will be posted automatically throughout the week. So keep stopping by and commenting. I’ll be back Saturday with a review of Thursday night’s game against Cincy.