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Ted Tried... Now the Draft

On Mar. 12, the 2013-14 NFL calendar year officially started when free agency kicked off at 3:00 p.m. CT. Teams started addressing their needs for the upcoming season, giving them more flexibility for the 2013 NFL Draft. Even the Green Bay Packers had reportedly tried to lure a free agent: running back Steven Jackson. Jackson eventually signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

For the last three seasons, general manager Ted Thompson has constructed a roster that has reached at least the second round of the NFC playoffs. The Packers’ last two postseason trips were cut short because they allowed an average of 41 points per game to the New York Giants(37) and San Francisco 49ers (45). Much of that came from their inability to rush a pocket quarterback and contain a mobile quarterback.

There’s no doubt that Thompson must focus on defense. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t deficiencies on the offense. A power running back, wide receiver and depth on the offensive line are areas that need attention. If Jermichael Finley gets released, the Packers could use a downfield threat at tight end.

The draft doesn’t start until Apr. 25. That gives them plenty of time to address weaknesses with low and mid-tier free agents. But until they sign a proven defensive lineman (not projects like Anthony Hargrove, Daniel Muir and Phillip Merling), the Packers need at least three new bodies in their trenches, two for the defensive line.

He ranked second on the team with 13 special teams tackles in 2012.
The Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Robert Francois. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, announced the signing Saturday.

Francois played in a career-high 16 games for Green Bay in 2012, ranking second on the club with a career-best 13 special teams tackles.

Francois originally entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. He joined the Packers as a member of the practice squad in December 2009 and has gone on to appear in 35 games over the past three seasons for Green Bay.