Colts Rumored Interest in Greg Jennings Could Portend New Weapon for Luck

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistMarch 11, 2013

Jennings would make an interesting, if unlikely, addition to the Colts.
Jennings would make an interesting, if unlikely, addition to the Colts.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

With free agency set to descend upon the NFL, rumored interest between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay wideout Greg Jennings could well signal Indy's foray into the wide receiver market.

Shawn Zobel of Draft Headquarters reported he was told of interest in Jennings by several teams including the Colts.

While Jennings doesn't necessarily make sense in Indianapolis, the fact that the Colts may be kicking the tires on a pass catcher certainly has a logic to it.

Jennings will turn 30 in September and is coming off an injury-plagued season. When healthy, he's been among the NFL's best receivers, twice being named to the Pro Bowl. 

There's no question wide receiver is a major need for Indianapolis—it can't count on Reggie Wayne piling up 1,000 yard seasons forever. 

Zobel indicated Jennings was still talking to the Packers, but even if he does re-sign there, Indy's interest could be a clue the team is serious about upgrading Andrew Luck's receiving corp.

With Donnie Avery struggling through one of the worst seasons in the league in 2012, the Colts clearly could use a third wideout to pair with T.Y. Hilton and Wayne.  

Jennings' age would seem to preclude him from being a viable long-term fix, but if he were to stay healthy then he could be a fascinating addition to the Indianapolis arsenal. Jennings told Robert Klemko of USA Today that the quarterback would be a major factor in his decision.

Quarterback play will be a strong enticement for any free-agent wideout, and the Colts certainly boast an attractive asset in Luck. Whether the eventual target is Jennings or Mike Wallace or even Victor Cruz (who would cost a first-round pick in compensation to the New York Giants), any quality pass-catcher would be thrilled to play with the NFL's next big thing.

Of course for Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, part of getting Luck to become the star everyone envisions is going to be securing high-value targets for him to throw to.

It won't likely be Jennings, but in all probability the Colts will have to land someone.