Greg Jennings Would Be Smart Addition to Vikings on Short-Term Contract

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 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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Greg Jennings would be a perfect fit with the Minnesota Vikings, provided the team could sign him to a short-term deal.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jennings will be visiting with the Vikings on Thursday:

Rest assured, Vikings fans, general manager Rick Spielman isn't going to overpay for Jennings should he come to an agreement with the receiver. 

ESPN's Tom Pelissero seems to believe the market is somewhat set for Jennings:

A reasonable contract, from my perspective, would be a two-year deal worth between $13-$14 million.

Jennings is a phenomenal receiver when healthy. He is one of the best route-runners in the NFL, has excellent hands and has a knack for making big plays after the catch, which is imperative for the Vikings. 

Back in 2010, his last healthy season, Jennings totaled 415 yards after the catch, which ranked No. 3 amongst receivers that year (and ahead of Percy Harvin, who had 400 YAC that season).

Christian Ponder doesn't feature a strong arm, and most of the big plays for the Vikings' aerial attack come after the catch. If Jennings were to be signed, he'd immediately become Ponder's go-to guy on the perimeter, with tight end Kyle Rudolph as his top target in the middle of the field.

As long as the Vikings can sign Jennings to a short-term, prove-it deal, he'd be a phenomenal acquisition for the team. If he's looking for long-term security with lots of guaranteed money, however, the team should let him crawl back to Green Bay with his hat in hand.

Given his recent injury history, Jennings hasn't earned the long-term, lucrative deal he seeks. But if he's willing to sign on to a deal that works for the Vikings, he'd be a dangerous weapon—provided he stayed healthy, of course.


What say you, Vikings fans? Should your team sign Jennings to a short-term deal?

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