Greg Jennings Free Agency Sweepstakes: Setting Odds for Most Likely Suitors
An unrestricted free agent this spring, Jennings has consistently said this season that he doesn't believe he will be back with the Packers in 2013. He reaffirmed that belief Tuesday.
"An educated guess? ... I'm gonna lean to the 'no' side of it," Jennings said. "That's my educated guess, my personal educated guess."
Jennings, who will be 30 next September, is in the last year of a four-year, $26.8 million deal he signed with Green Bay in 2009. He's making just $3.885 million in 2012, but he could get a big bump in pay this coming free agency.
With one last mega-deal on the horizon, and Green Bay possessing the likes of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, Jennings is a good bet to be wearing different colors next season.
In the following slides, we'll take a look at Jennings' most likely suitors come next spring.
Why Jennings Is a Fit: Brian Hartline (67 catches) and Davone Bess (61) are capable players, but Miami lacks a true receiving threat for soon-to-be second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In acquiring Jennings, the Dolphins would have two legitimate threats and one Pro Bowl caliber receiver in a suddenly attractive passing offense.
There's also the Jennings/Joe Philbin connection. Philbin was Jennings' offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2011, a stretch where Jennings caught 344 passes for 5,539 yards and 46 touchdowns.
St. Louis Rams
Why Jennings Is a Fit: Despite missing chunks of this season, slot receiver Danny Amendola still leads the team in receptions and yards.
And while Brandon Gibson (616 yards) and Chris Givens (603) are young, developing players, the Rams might feel like they are one big offensive piece away from truly contending next season. Jennings can be that piece.
Odds: There's a chance
Why Jennings Is a Fit: While it's difficult to envision Jennings making the jump from green and gold to purple and gold, many former Packers have donned Vikings jerseys in the past. If Minnesota offered the right money, Jennings wouldn't turn down the offer.
For the Vikings offense, teaming Jennings with Percy Harvin (a free agent in 2014), Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph would give Minnesota a talented and versatile set of weapons in the passing game.
Odds: There's a chance
New York Jets
Why Jennings Is a Fit: The Jets may need more help at receiver than any team in football. It's gotten so bad in 2012 that Braylon Edwards started a game just days after re-signing with the club.
Plugging in Jennings opposite explosive but raw rookie Stephen Hill seems like a no-brainer. The thing is, would Jennings even consider joining the Jets' circus? New York might be a no-fly-zone for the best free agents this spring.
Why Jennings Is a Fit: Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rod Streater are a good enough trio, but there's no true No. 1 in that bunch. Adding Jennings to the mix makes a lot of sense, especially if the Raiders have any idea of drafting a first-round quarterback. Jennings plus a rookie franchise quarterback could speed up the Raiders' climb back to relevancy.
Also, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, a former personnel man in Green Bay, helped draft Jennings back in 2006.
Odds: Closer to 50/50