General managers in the National Football League have to make hundreds of difficult decisions every year. Some work out and some don’t. Here are Ted Thompson’s five worst moves of 2013:
1) Signing Vince Young - Thompson blew it with Graham Harrell and then made things worse by signing a player who wasted a roster spot for 25 days. Young was slow to pick up the offense and he threw one duck after another. Green Bay should’ve brought in Seneca Wallace earlier, and with the extra weeks of practice, perhaps he would’ve been better prepared for his week 8 appearance against Chicago.
2) Not signing a safety – Going into training camp with Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings fighting for a starting job was very risky. Leaving training camp without adding a veteran safety was very foolish. Neither youngster looked good in August, and yet Thompson did absolutely nothing. Not surprisingly, that’s exactly what the defense got from this position in 2013.
3) Giving Brad Jones $12M – I had no problem re-signing the veteran inside linebacker – until I found out the terms of the contract. Paying a pedestrian player almost $4 million per year made no sense, especially when you consider how little interest there was in Jones’ services. Much like he did with A.J. Hawk and Brandon Chillar, Thompson seemingly bid against himself. And once again, he lost.
4) Cutting Jeremy Ross – I know the young receiver/returner struggled early in the season, but he’s simply too talented to give up on after only 3 games. The former Cal star wound up finding success with Detroit. Meanwhile, his replacement on the 53-man roster, Chris Harper, played 2 snaps from scrimmage.
5) Extending Morgan Burnett – I can’t kill this move since I was OK with it at the time, but it certainly didn’t work out – at least not yet. The former Georgia Tech star didn’t deserve a $25 million contract based on the first three years of his career, but Thompson was projecting ahead. I’m pretty sure that projection didn’t include Burnett going the entire season without a single interception.