Sydney Speaks! Bad rap?

Big-name players are visiting Green Bay, but not signing on

Over the off-season Ted Thompson has been getting abused by many of the Brett Favre loyalists that think Ted should do everything under the sun to convince him to come back. Some say that he should stop at nothing to surround the future Hall of Fame quarterback with better talent and the inability to do that in many eyes has been the reason Brett is playing the ‘I'm not sure what I am going to do. I can't make up my mind' game. So let's look deeper!!!!!!!!!!

Understand this: I wish that Ted Thompson would have signed a real impact player in free agency just like many of you, but, thus far, it hasn't happened. There have been players visiting Green Bay, but except for a couple of marginal players, no big names have put their name on the dotted line. I keep asking myself why aren't things happening? Is it Ted Thompson and his presentation to those that might have been interested in playing for the Green Bay Packers? Is it the town itself, which I love deeply? But then again I'm at a different place in my life. I think I'm wise enough to understand all the values that a place like Green Bay brings. I wonder does Green Bay offer enough for today's modern athlete?

When Ryan Longwell went to the Minnesota Vikings, Packer fans were insulted when he brought up the fact that he felt Applebee's was the only real restaurant that he could go and enjoy himself in Green Bay. Could Green Bay be getting a bad rap? I don't know, but up to this point so far it seems to be a good place to visit but not to put your name on the contract.

As I look back over the years I can't seem to remember any big-name players in their prime coming to the Green and Gold since the Super Bowl era. Even with the last GM they never seemed to entice people to come and play for the Packers. This is especially staggering because finally the Packers were seating in a prime situation this year with money to spend with a lot of holes that could be filled and nothing happened. I know there is still the possibility that a Woodson or Arrington could become a Packer, which would be an awesome thing, but unfortunately I don't have any reason to believe it will based on the off-season history up to date.

Then I think about the image that Thompson might be having throughout the league. Ever since he has been here his reputation has been that of someone that doesn't like to spend money in the free agent market, so I'm wondering if some of the agents been saying to their clients, ‘Don't even think about it. They won't pay you what we think you are worth.' So as I look at that possibility, I look at the Favre situation and again I'm wondering what are the effects of the "Brett as The World Turns Saga" and the "Javon Doesn't Want to Be here Anymore" doing to the image of wanting to play for the Green Bay Packers. I could see how someone on the outside might think the Packers organization has no clue how to handle its players. And the comments of Donald Driver didn't help he said in a report last week that the thought that the Packers should let Javon Walker go in a trade because if he doesn't want to play for the Packers they shouldn't make him. Even if I might agree with those statements as a General Manager Ted Thompson must be pissed off because if I was him I'd be. The last thing you need is a player, any player, commenting on any decisions of management. Ted needs to say ENOUGH and even fine players for speaking out of turn. Ted Thompson needs to take this team back and give Mike McCarthy at least a fighting chance. It's all right as a player to not like something and even disagree, but it's not all right to put the team's business out in the street, or in the media.

I know that this isn't the Ron Wolf or Mike Holmgren regime but during those times do you ever remember anyone speaking to the media about team business. I can answer that for you: ABSOLUTELY NOT because they wouldn't put up with it.

So as I said I'm wondering why would any free agent want to come to play for the Green Bay Packers when they have a quarterback who can't make up his mind because he feels that the organization hasn't done enough to give him a chance to win. What about their Pro Bowl receiver demanding to be traded even though he was hurt most of last year? He has to realize his trade value isn't as high as it would be if he was healthy, and he still wants out. How bad must things be? I like the direction McCarthy is going, but that doesn't mean I'm not JUST WONDERING what will come of it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harry Sydney

Editor's note: Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. If you have a question for Harry, e-mail it to managing editor Todd Korth at, and he will forward it to him.

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