Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Even before the season began, his future with the Packers was uncertain.
During the offseason, the Packers had come to terms on contract extensions with punter Tim Masthay and guard T.J. Lang. That left Jennings as the highest-profile player on the team whose contract ends after the current season.
Further complicating matters is the status of other high-profile players whose contracts are up in coming seasons, namely quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive lineman B.J. Raji.
The Packers probably don't have enough money to sign all of them, and some tough choices will need to be made.
Long-time Packers analyst Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel created a stir last week when he suggested the Packers should trade Jennings and reap the benefits of a high-round draft choice instead of allowing him to walk away in free agency.
As a player who's gained popularity through being a two-time Pro Bowler, a product spokesman and someone who's active in the community, the Packers would probably take a public relations hit by letting Jennings go, but they may have few other choices.
One option available to the Packers is that they can play the wait-and-see game. Jennings has struggled through the first two games of the season by suffering a pulled groin late in the Week 1 game against the 49ers and missing the Week 2 game totally against the Bears.
Even when he did participate against San Francisco, Jennings' impact was a modest five catches for 34 yards. Combined with the time he missed in the preseason, there is legitimate injury concern about Jennings and his long-term ability to stay healthy, which could drive down his value.
If that's the case, the Packers would still have a difficult decision to make, even at a lower rate, on a player who might be damaged goods.