Greg Jennings Reaches Agreement on Deal with Minnesota Vikings
Even after a season that saw him injured half the time, Greg Jennings was still a highly coveted free agent. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jennings has agreed to a new deal with the Minnesota Vikings:
Greg Jennings reached agreement with...the Vikings.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, March 15, at 8:20 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Greg Jennings deal with Minnesota will make him a Viking for the next five years and guarantee him $18 million according to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson (via Twitter):
A source tells me that Greg Jennings got a 5-year deal with a max value of $47.5 million, $18 million guaranteed. #Vikings— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 16, 2013
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His previous six seasons—all with the Green Bay Packers—had seen him miss a combined eight games, so it isn't crazy to think that 2012 was just an aberration.
Jennings will be 30 years old on Sept. 21, so he is entering the latter stages of his career. But he is a proven threat out of the slot and a dynamic downfield playmaker. One can only hope he hasn't lost his ability to create separation.
It has been perhaps his best quality throughout his NFL tenure.
His resume includes three 1,000-yard seasons, and he's caught 12 touchdown passes twice.
Jennings' career 15.4 yards per catch is proof of his big-play ability.
Locking in a receiver of Jennings' caliber is a boost for any team's receiving corp. With the Green Bay Packers, Jennings was at times overshadowed because of the wealth of talent on the roster.
In Minnesota, he'll likely stand out as a true No. 1 target.
With the emergence of Randall Cobb and the presence of Jordy Nelson and James Jones, Jennings became expendable. There is no doubt Jennings will have a bit of a chip on his shoulder throughout the 2013 season as he sets out to prove the Packers made the wrong choice.
Jennings should immediately become the favorite target for either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel.
The Vikings are certainly hoping Jennings comes through in a big way and stays healthy for the entire season.
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