Packers' blueprint: Draft wisely, pick spots in free agency

By emphasizing the draft instead of quick fixes in free agency, the Packers have a built a solid foundation, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: January 10, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

The eight remaining NFL playoff teams allocated more than $104 million in guaranteed bonuses during the first month of free agency last year. That works out to more than $13 million per team, a massive number that is also massively misleading.

For all the attention NFL free agency commands each March, Green Bay's spending accounted for two-tenths of 1 percent of that $104 million, a mere $215,000 in guaranteed bonuses. The money secured three backups and predictably low grades on free-agency ...

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