Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Greg Jennings faces uncertain future
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Wide receiver Greg Jennings enters the 2012 season uncertain about his long-term future in Green Bay.
Jennings' contract is up at the end of the season, and he acknowledges the possibility that he could be playing somewhere else this time next year.
"But everyone knows what the reality of it is when guys are coming up on a deal," Jennings said. "Will you be here? If I don't get a contract, no. Do I want to be here? Absolutely. Everyone upstairs knows that. The guys around me know that. But at the end of the day, the focus has to be on football. I have to go out there and prepare as I've always prepared, put myself in the best situation to make plays for my team and this organization."
But with the Packers preparing to face the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's season opener at Lambeau Field, Jennings insisted his contract situation won't become a distraction.
"I'm not worried about whether I'm going to end up here or whether I'm getting a contract done," Jennings said. "That will take care of itself. Right now, my (mind) is on the 49ers, and it will be on the next opponent and the next opponent after that. If I'm here, I would love to be here. If I'm not, it is what it is.
"At the end of the day I'm going to play football, I'm going to play 100 percent every single snap. This is my locker, I want this to be my locker until I hang my cleats up and decide I'll give this locker up to someone else."
Jennings is one of several high-profile players the Packers' front office will have to address in the foreseeable future. Outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive lineman B.J. Raji come up after the 2013 season, and Aaron Rodgers is vastly outperforming a deal that runs through the end of the 2014 season.
Jennings said he wasn't sure if the Packers will be able to keep all four players.
"I'm sure they would love to," Jennings said. "I'm sure all four guys would love to stay. But who knows? Only time will tell."