Green Bay Packers mild winter: quiet in free agency, stadium renovation

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It’s been a very mild winter in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As well as the rest of the United States. But the tundra is not freezing over as much, and the Packers have been pretty quiet in free agency this NFL offseason. This year more than ever, they’ve reinforced the reputation as a team that likes to build through the draft. It’s what GM Ted Thompson likes to do.

He’s a value GM and likes to draft BPA: best player available.

The biggest news they’ve made in free agency is letting Matt Flynn leave. But the mild winter has also had consequence on the Lambeau Field addition. The scoreboard addition seems to be moving ahead as scheduled, or even faster.

The new video board should be installed in the north end zone by the end of the next couple weeks.

“We’ve been really pleased,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in updating packers.com on the progress of the construction. “It’s going along very well.”

The structural steel for the new video board in the north end zone is mostly in place, as is the brick façade and exterior work for the new north entrance and elevator tower.

The actual video board will be larger than the structural framework that is currently visible atop the stadium, Murphy said. Once installed, the board will extend eight feet wider than the framework on each side, making it four times larger than the scoreboard that the stadium has used for the last nine seasons (2003-11).

For more detail on this project go here

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