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Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings

Reunited?

 

It was just announced that former Packer wideout, Greg Jennings, was released by the Minnesota Vikings. The move was hardly a shock as the Vikings’ recent acquisition of another big money receiver – Mike Wallace – made Jennings expendable and his cap number even more onerous.

Just two years ago Jennings left the winning ways of Green Bay and the statistical cash cow of Aaron Rodgers to seek greater appreciation and money across the River. As it turns out, Greg got neither.

His original deal of $45 million for five years actually ended up netting Jennings $18 million for two seasons of play, in which he averaged 64 catches, 775 yards and 5 TDs a season. Those wouldn’t be bad numbers for a #2 receiver; unfortunately for the Vikings, Jennings was making #1 receiver money.

The Vikings have claimed they offered a restructure to Jennings but could not reach agreement. Considering the trade for Wallace and offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s recent statement at the NFL combine that Charles Johnson was the Vikings’ best receiver, it is likely that Jennings didn’t see much of a role for himself in the new Viking offense under Teddy Bridgewater.

Probably the only surprising fact in this is that the Vikings were willing to swallow $6 million in dead money against their cap. They can mitigate the damage by pointing out that removing the $11 million cap hit that Jennings was going to account for means they saved $5 million to the cap in the process, but that is kind of like calling the US budget deficit falling to $500 billion “reducing our debt.”

Remember how receivers like Jennings were going to make Christian Steele an elite quarterback, even a better one, even a somewhat mediocre one? Wrong.

The only question that remains now is where Jennings is going to land. With Darrell Revis and many more following the new trend of players returning to teams they once played for, Green Bay will be an immediate suggested destination for Jennings. The Packers have plenty of money, still being a good $22 million under the cap, and we know Jennings knows the offense. Also, another thing Jennings has going for him is his versatility. Much like his mentor, Donald Driver, Jennings can play the slot. In fact, at this point in his career, he is probably no longer a starting wideout.

However, as much as I would like to see Jennings in Green Bay again, the Packers’ greater commitment to their running game has meant fewer four receiver sets, and I expect them to draft another tight end before signing another receiver. Also, Ted Thompson just drafted Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis last season. That probably means there is simply no room on the roster for another receiver.

Other suggested landing spots are, of course, a new deal with the Vikings, and then most of the other usual suspects- ie. Miami and Oakland. The New England Patriots have also been known to like veteran free agent receivers that they can get for cheap, though the performance of Brandon LaFell last season probably nixes that.

At this point, Greg can only hope to recoup all the money he left on the table by not accepting a smaller role and paycheck in Green Bay.

 

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Shawn

Shawn Neuser attended UWGB and lives and works in Green Bay. He enjoys long walks on the beach and being intimate with game film.

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23 Comments

  1. Fritz March 14, 2015

    no problem here. always can use extra insurance against one of our other WR getting injured. plus, a trio puts less wear and tear on the top two, no?

    1. SokemRokemRobot March 15, 2015

      We don’t need Jennings, and Jennings doesn’t need the Packers… he pretty much agreed with that, when he left in the first place. We have all the insurance we need. We also don’t need the motor mouth circus on the sidelines.

  2. Andrew Chitko March 14, 2015

    If there’s not much of a market for him, I wouldn’t have a problem with bringing him back. I’m not so sure he didn’t permanently burn some bridges on the way out though.

    1. Fritz March 14, 2015

      maybe the Brooklyn bridge? not like Favre with the Verrazano Narrows bridge?

  3. Kato March 14, 2015

    Let him rot in Oakland.

  4. Organicbuzz March 14, 2015

    Dirt cheap,maybe? Go Pack Go!!!

  5. ferris March 14, 2015

    His decision to leave GB will be referenced a lot in the future. You have to have a QB to be a receiver that puts up stats. Just ask most of the previous Viking receivers. Favre made Sidney Rice look like Randy Moss on that team. Now Jennings is just another nobody. Too bad I really liked him, seemed like a classy guy while in GB.

    1. Andy March 14, 2015

      I think this is why randall cobb stayed put, sure you could make a little bit more in jacksonville or oakland in the short term, but long term you want to be putting up stats. Hey if we can get him for cheap, why not? I thought we were light on reciever last year as outside of our top 3 guys no-one did too much. That may sound greedy but in years past we’ve had nelson, jennings, jones, driver,cobb and finley as a recieving cops. Adding jennings as a veteran presence would be cool.

      And if you want to slam him for all his post packers BS, just remember that in the superbowl he had 3 really clutch catches that helped us win that game

      1. Fritz March 15, 2015

        amen. let’s move on and keep looking forward. if we should get him because he played better in GB than elsewhere, isn’t that a win-win if we let bygones be bygones?

  6. TyKo Steamboat March 14, 2015

    No.

  7. Cheese March 14, 2015

    I don’t see how he comes back to Green Bay. With Nelson and Cobb at 1&2, and Adams needing all the reps he can get, would it even be worth signing him? Plus would guys even want him back after he ran his mouth the way that he did? My guess is Ted says thanks, but no thanks.

  8. Justin T March 14, 2015

    The Packers are very comfy at the WR spot. He won’t be back here. I think he burnt that bridge for sure..He is from Michigan..so maybe the Lions? I could see Seattle or New England taking a poke at him too. He still is one of the smoothest route runners.

  9. Bobby d March 14, 2015

    Are you kidding? Teddy’s gone back to being Teddy. With all the cap money we have sitting around, he just likes “our fellas” and unlike every other GM in the league, is convinced there isn’t a single player out there we can sign to fill one of our needs on defense. Look for him to come out of his Fire Island condo when there’s a few scraps left on the heap. Schneider would insure AR a few more rings without mortgaging the future by overextending. Teddy’s content just getting to the playoffs every year. Contending is great, having a HOF qb like a Brady and getting bounced every year not so good. Maybe his boyfriend will insist he retires before it’s too late.

    1. Phatgzus March 14, 2015

      Schneider has as many rings as TT…

    2. Deepsky March 16, 2015

      I think the genius John Schneider just put the Seahawks in salary cap hell with the signing of Jimmy Graham. Part of the reason they traded away first round picks (and their future) was so they had more salary cap to sign their current players.

      Depending how you look at it, they have $10 to $20 million in salary cap, yet they still have to sign to sign their QB who will demand $25 million a year and Bobby Wagner who will want at least $10 million a year. If they heavily backload these contracts, which I don’t think Wilson would want because he’s basically played for nothing the last two years and is looking for big guaranteed payday NOW, they might be able to get one more year before they are truly hurting salary cap. However, that is kicking a large can down the road.

  10. the real russ letlow March 14, 2015

    GJ said some real unflattering stuff about AR after he left. I don’t know if that has passed under the bridge he burned yet. Oakland might be interested.

  11. Howard March 14, 2015

    Seattle is going to be interested you can bet on it.

  12. billybong March 14, 2015

    pretty sure the Colts picked him up…at least a good QB will be throwing to him…

  13. Makayla March 15, 2015

    I don’t want him back. I don’t want us to “brainwash” him again. I’m pretty sure his sister will call out the Vikings organization and their QB oh my bad is that only for the Packers & Arod?

  14. Church Lady March 15, 2015

    Unless he now plays middle linebacker or cornerback, we don’t need him.

  15. billybong March 15, 2015

    i must been brainwashed about the Colts, i don’t know where i imagined i saw that…naw, another receiver??? How about some defense…

  16. Deepsky March 16, 2015

    Letting go Greg Jennings says more about the Vikings inability to sign a decent quarterback rather than the play of Jennings. Ponder was the 12th pick in the draft so that was a huge, huge bust for them. Bridgewater looks OK, he threw 1 more TD than Ponder in his rookie year (less than half the number of TDs Rodgers threw his first year starting), but he’s nothing special.

  17. Lisa March 16, 2015

    Not after dogging Arodg- Jennings doesn’t deserve to wear the Green and Gold