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Packers Considering Franchise Tag for Greg Jennings


This report makes no sense, but it’s being reported anyway — the Green Bay Packers are considering using the franchise tag on receiver Greg Jennings.


NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is the source, so the report carries a little weight.

Interesting to hear the #Packers are still considering franchising Greg Jennings. Thought that ship had sailed. Apparently not.

We thought that ship had sailed too. And so did Jennings — he put his Green Bay home on the market in January. There have been no reports of contract negotiations between the Packers and Jennings since early in the 2012 season. Jennings has openly lobbied for a job with the Miami Dolphins and, oh by the way, he wants way more money than he’s worth.

Using the franchise tag would pretty much make all of that moot.

The $14 million per season Jennings wants? Well, too bad. The franchise tag would pay around $10 million for a one-year deal. The stalled contract negotiations? No negotiations necessary with the franchise tag. Jennings either has to sign it and play in Green Bay or sit out the year and not get paid.

All that being said, the move makes very little sense for the Packers.

The team has a little more than $20 million in salary cap space. Half of that will evaporate once they sign their draft class and restricted free agents. So they’re going to give the rest of it to Jennings?

What’s more is, they’re going to give a receiver who’s about to be 30 and has missed 11 games over the past two seasons $10 million? Depending on what the exact number is, the contract could give Jennings the highest salary on the Packers, which also seems absurd.

Thankfully, using the franchise tag isn’t part of Ted Thompson‘s usual M.O. We’re hoping “considering” means looking at all options and then moving on to a better one, in this case.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Vijay February 24, 2013

    Well, if they cut a few more guys you know…they could. Agreed not a likely scenario. Something tells me someone will sign him for 2 years at about $6-7 per, which is a decent salary for his playmaking abilities, production level and age. If I had to take a stab at it, it would be Miami or St Louis.

    1. Iltarion February 24, 2013

      If he was going to sign for $6-$7 million per year, the Packers would keep him. Moron.

      1. Iltarion February 24, 2013

        Holy shit, I agree with Iltarion the Lesser.

        If the Pack could get Jennings for $7 million, then they wouldn’t be considering the franchise tag, which would guarantee $10 mil.

        Jennings will get that much from someone.

        Monty is right on here, I luv Jennings, but the Packers should move on. They can’t afford a $10 mil WR. A $20 mil QB and a $15 mil OLB will be enough.

  2. cd4packers February 25, 2013

    I thought this was already discussed and we had already figured this one out? Jennings is as good as gone.

  3. Savage57 February 25, 2013

    Slow news day at NFL network.

  4. ay hombre February 26, 2013

    I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over a player faster than I have Greg Jennings. I’ve always liked and respected him on the field, but he’s just rubbing me the wrong way now.

    “Hey Joe. Remember me?” Except Philbin doesn’t really want him Oops.

    Not once throughout these current proceedings have I heard Greg Jennings say he would really like to be a Packer for life. Has he said anything close to this? Fuck no.

    He’s 30 years old, recently injury prone, and wants to much money. Is he going to better as he gets older? Fuck no.

    Do you think his sister just tweeted that shit about ARodge out of the blue? Fuck no.

    Send this guy packing. Let him make commercials and be in too good of a mood somewhere else.

    PS- Thanks for your contributions over the years. Best of luck.

  5. ay hombre February 26, 2013

    Should I proofread my posts? Fuck yes.

  6. Devrrickk February 27, 2013

    For all the discussion about franchising Jennings, it simply won’t happen. His injury opened the door for both Cobb and Jones to shine as feature wideouts, and I can’t see the front office making the decision to spend a lot of money on Jennings to make one of them return to being a “4th option”.

    Even Jennings himself knows he’s done in Green Bay.