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Packers concentrating more on status quo

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Dan Arkush
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Posted March 18, 2010 @ 1:17 p.m. ET
By Dan Arkush

Packers GM Ted Thompson was not bluffing when he said he wanted to re-sign as many of the team's free agents as possible. After losing Aaron Kampman to Jacksonville, Thompson dramatically reversed the team's free-agent course, re-signing four starters (FS Nick Collins, NT Ryan Pickett and OTs Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher) in an eight-day span. Perhaps the most interesting move was the four-year extension that will pay the 30-year-old Pickett a whopping $10 million in 2010. That's a tidy sum for a player expected to play only 40 percent of the time in the Packers' base defense, with 2009 first-rounder B.J. Raji, who didn't quite live up to expectations as a rookie, figuring to get more overall playing time than Pickett. The consensus seems to be that Pickett's value as a two-down run stuffer and locker-room leader make him more than worth the price the Packers are paying him.   

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