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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Jennings negotiations

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Oh yeah. It feels like summer here in Green Bay, with high humidity and temperatures expected to approach 90 degrees. So what else would you want to do other than watch some football practice?

That's what I'll be doing twice Tuesday over at Lambeau Field, where the Packers' minicamp continues with two scheduled practices. We brought you up to date Monday on safety Nick Collins and defensive end Aaron Kampman, and Tuesday morning Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this report: Receiver Greg Jennings said he and the Packers are close to an agreement on a contract extension.

Here is the key quote from Jennings, which he couched with an appropriately vague timetable:

"We've been working on some things. We're coming pretty close, as far as my understanding is, to some type of deal. But when I say close, we could still be far ... if that makes sense. But I think we're coming close. You just never know how long 'close' can take to actually closing the deal."

That jibes with everything that has been evident from afar this offseason: The Packers are making steady progress toward locking up their top business priority of the offseason. Jennings' contract expires in the spring of 2010, and the Packers want no part of having to compete for him on free agency or even applying their franchise tag on him.

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