As the NFL Scouting Combine rolls on, we begin to hear things not only about the prospects, but regarding free agents and existing players as well.
We've heard that Matt Birk is retiring (according to the Baltimore Sun).
Now we've heard that Greg Jennings seems to think he can get $14 million per year.
Lot of opinions here about what top receiver UFAs may command. Heard Greg Jennings wants $14M/year. Tough to see that happening.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 22, 2013
I'll give you a minute to process that and, perhaps, call the NFL for drug testing.
That $14 million a year is $4 million less than Calvin Johnson averages, almost exactly what Larry Fitzgerald averages, $3 million more than Vincent Jackson gets, $4.5 million more than Andre Johnson and $5 million more than Brandon Marshall.
Is Jennings worth as much as Larry Fitzgerald and more than the other three?
Now, of course we're talking averages and those averages get adjusted for guaranteed money and bonuses, but still, it seems a little crazy for a player who has not been as productive as most of that list, and certainly not as healthy as most of that list.
I like Jennings a ton; don't get me wrong. However, I already have concerns about him replicating the numbers he put up without Aaron Rodgers throwing it to him.
The expectation of a top contract like that—one which would make him second only to the greatest receiver in the game today and paid the same as arguably the second best—is just unrealistic.
I get him wanting a big payday—this is likely his one shot at a huge contract.
It just seems a tad high.
Is Jennings worth $14 million?
Because as good as Jennings has played at times, he hasn't played that well. Do you see him putting up the same numbers with the dumpster fire that is the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback situation? Or overcoming double and triple teams like Johnson or even Marshall does? Do you see him making consistent big plays the way Jackson can? Or being productive in a run-first offense like Johnson was this year in Texas?
My fear with Jennings is that his success is very tied to Aaron Rodgers and this offense. That outside of Green Bay, he is unlikely to produce as a No. 1 receiver.
Asking for that much money says he disagrees, but I don't believe teams will.