Greg Jennings' Best Option Is Returning to Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings hit the free-agent market after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers. Although interest, which is seemingly low out of the gate, would probably pick up eventually, his best option remains staying in Green Bay.
A report from ESPN Wisconsin states there's already been talk of a potential reunion between Jennings and the Packers, with a contract of around $10 million being discussed. It's unclear how deep into negotiations the two sides are, though.
The biggest problem for Jennings is the amount of wide receivers on the market that teams view as viable options, which amounts to bad luck. If he enters free agency in a different offseason, the level of interest would probably be much higher.
Instead, the receiving group included Mike Wallace, who was viewed as the top player available at the position and parlayed it into a big deal from the Miami Dolphins (via Jeff Darlington of NFL.com), Wes Welker and Danny Amendola, among others.
So, with teams targeting Wallace as the top option and the depth giving them flexibility to address other holes on the roster before coming back to wide receiver, Jennings isn't getting the type of attention a player of his caliber should.
Even teams that were speculated as potential suitors based on need are being distanced from him. Tom Pelissero of ESPN Radio 1500 reports the Minnesota Vikings aren't chasing him right now and the same goes for the Indianapolis Colts, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
The one other issue likely limiting Jennings' market was telling USA Today the starting quarterback of potential suitors would play a key role in his decision-making process. That's obviously not good news for some of the league's lower-ranked offenses looking to make a big splash.
Now, if one of those teams came along and offered him a boatload of money to play alongside a weak quarterback, perhaps his tune would change. But, at least for now, it's another thing impacting his market.
That's why the Packers are the best fit. They have one of the league's best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, a dynamic passing game that will ensure Jennings is getting plenty of targets and, if the $10 million report is accurate, are offering a competitive deal.
Are the Packers the best fit for Jennings?
Jennings knows the offensive system, meaning he wouldn't have to endure a transition phase heading into next season. And the fans know what to expect from him, having tracked his career since the Packers took him in the second round of the 2006 draft.
That's important because it limits the amount of pressure on his shoulders. If he goes to a new city and signs a huge contract, fans are going to expect monster numbers. In Green Bay, Jennings should receive a little more leeway.
When you combine all those factors with the fact it's impossible to know when the wide-receiver market will finally start heating up, it makes the Packers look even better. Especially since there are no guarantees Jennings would get a bigger offer down the line once the interest did pick up.
While Jennings might wait awhile to see what else is out there, it certainly seems like he'll be hard-pressed to find a better landing spot than Green Bay.
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