Although this doesn’t increase the Green Bay Packers odds of retaining Greg Jennings, it looks like it’s less than a foregone conclusion that Jennings will wind up signing with the Miami Dolphins.
Although Jennings has lobbied for a new job with his old offensive coordinator — Joe Philbin is Miami’s coach — the Dolphins don’t appear that interested. Their No. 1 target in free agency will be Pittsburgh Steelers‘ receiver Mike Wallace, according to a report.
Multiple sources tell the Sun-Sentinel Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who won’t be given the franchise tag by the Steelers this offseason, is the team’s top target.
Wallace may command as much as $12 million per season, according to the report and he’ll probably get it.
So why Wallace over Jennings?
Age for one. Wallace turns 27 this year, while Jennings turns 30. Wallace is entering the prime of his career as Jennings enters the final phase of his.
Wallace is also the superior deep threat. He had more than 800 yards receiving in 2012 and went over 1,000 the two seasons prior to that. Jennings has battled injuries the last two seasons. His last 1,000-yard season came in 2010.
We’re sure Jennings will still get overpaid by someone, but it’s becoming clear he isn’t going to be one of the top free agents on the market. It will be interesting to see if he gets the $10 million per season he wants.
Mike Wallace is not Greg Jennings. He basically does one thing well and that is go deep.
There have been concerns about Wallace’s effort at times, and some believe that a big money contract will just make him worse.
Jennings is a consummate pro and will be an asset to any locker room he enters. He is one month younger than Larry Fitzgerald and years younger than Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne.
It is possible that Miami is using interest in Wallace to improve their negotiation position with Jennings. The Browns are the most likely destination for Wallace, as they are interested and have far more cap room than Miami. OR it is just possible that Miami is stupid, which would be no surprise considering their ineptitude from season to season.
What makes people think the Dolphins would play Wallace against Jennings, or that Miami even has interest of GJ, a 30 year old, injury prone receiver on the down side of his career?
Jennings only averaged 10.9 YPC in 2012. That’s lower than many TE’s.
You can’t use Jennings 2012 stats: his season was marred by injuries, he was never full speed and on the same page as Rodgers, there were a number of long passes to Jennings that Rodgers just missed that would have greatly improved his YPA (and TDs).