Jennings, Packers Parting Ways Is for the Best, Plus More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Is Greg Jennings done as a Packer?

It's well known by now that I think he should be, but I don't run the Packers.

So the question is, in the minds of those who matter—Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, Ted Thomspon—is he already gone?

It sure seems like that.

Jennings told ESPN Wisconsin's Sarah Barshop that both he and the club are going to do what's best for their own situations.

He also stressed that he's excited for the future, won't have a hard time walking away and seemed at piece with the situation.

Jennings is right.

It's a business, and each side has to do what they think is best.

With Jordy Nelson, an emerging Randall Cobb and a suddenly reliable James Jones on the roster, is it worth paying Jennings the money that he wants when they have more critical contracts coming up?

Is it worth it for Jennings not to cash in while he can?

It may not even be a matter of choosing between championships and cash, as there are plenty of teams on the cusp that could use his services.

So this might have been Greg Jennings' swan song in a Packers jersey.

That should be fine for both parties.

On to more NFC North news.

Chicago Bears

With just four teams still playing in the playoffs, all but one of the Bears' coaching targets are free to interview according to the The Tribune's Brad Biggs.

The Sun-Times' Mark Potash says that the interview with Houston's offensive coordinator was short and distracted.


Detroit Lions

Not surprisingly, Anwar Richardson of reports that the Lions have cut ties with their special teams coordinator.

Dave Birkett at the Free Press says that the Lions have hired a former Jaguars coach to handle the tight ends.


Green Bay Packers

Cheesehead TV's Zach Kruse wonders if Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are already out the door.

Tom Silverstein at the Journal-Sentinel expects big changes in a pivotal offseason.


Minnesota Vikings

1500 ESPN's Patrick Reusse is trying pump the brakes on the "Vikings for NFC North top team" storyline.

Cris Carter is a Hall of Fame finalist again, but Mark Craig of the Star-Tribune says that the huge amount of possible wide receiver entries makes it tough to get in.

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