Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Packers vs. Vikings for Greg Jennings?!
By Kevin Seifert
Are two NFC North teams bidding for free agent receiver Greg Jennings? That's the word from several reporters, including Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
According to Marvez, Jennings is considering a return to the Green Bay Packers if he doesn't sign first with the Minnesota Vikings. The unofficial deadline for the Vikings, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, could be midnight Wednesday.
The Vikings, with somewhere around $20 million in salary cap space, are in position to pay Jennings whatever they need to. They re-signed veteran Jerome Simpson earlier Tuesday but obviously have a huge need at the position following their trade of Percy Harvin.
Jennings' skills as an intermediate route runner, and his smooth after-the-catch style, would certainly mesh with the Vikings' offensive scheme. The Vikings can probably offer him more money and playing time, which are of course important. On the other hand, there is no way they can compete in a quarterback comparison, a key factor for receivers.
The same goes for franchise stability. Jennings is undoubtedly aware that Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is entering another prove-it year after the team declined to offer him a contract extension. The chances of the Vikings having a different coach in 2014 is a lot higher than the possibility of a change in Green Bay.
Jennings could face a tough decision, and it's worth noting he has come nowhere close to burning bridges with the Packers. He could wind up there after all, if he's willing to sacrifice some money and perhaps a few snaps.