Is Greg Jennings Dissing Aaron Rodgers?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJuly 17, 2013

May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) smiles during drills at organized team activities at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Greg Jennings may have added a little more bitterness to the longstanding rivalry between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. 

The speedy, field-stretching wideout who inked a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings that included nearly $18 million guaranteed, recently appeared ESPN's First Take and gave his reasoning for accepting a deal with Minnesota after many successful years in Green Bay. 

When asked about what he makes of Christian Ponder compared to Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre, Jennings responded with the following: "Brett Favre? Receivers around him. Aaron Rodgers? Receivers around him. Christian Ponder? Receivers around him." (*starts at the 1:32 mark)

While not a direct disparagement of Favre or Rodgers, those words could be construed as an insinuation that those two Packers icons were greatly aided by the fantastic weapons they had at their disposal in Green Bay. 

Whether Jennings' utterance was a calculated yet cryptic knock on Favre and Rodgers or not, technically, he's right. 

Good quarterbacks need good receivers to thrive, and good receivers need good quarterbacks to thrive. It's an example of the age-old football truth of interconnectivity.

Later, Jennings said "you get respect when you give respect," when asked about the perception that he holds Favre in a higher regard than Rodgers. (*starts at the 3:12 mark)

At least he's saying Rodgers' name, something he refused to do during a June interview with the Pioneer Press in Minnesota.

Jennings seems to be harboring some discontent with the Packers organization, though the level of discontent doesn't appear to be intense. 

Maybe he's holding a grudge against Rodgers based on the quarterback not showing him enough respect.

Or maybe Jennings hoped Rodgers would have gone to bat for his No. 1 receiver on the negotiating front, especially considering all the on-field accomplishments the two achieved together.

Whatever it is, he doesn't seem happy with the Packers and their franchise quarterback. Is he livid beyond belief? No. Should there be a media firestorm about his displeasure? Not worth it.  

Because now, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Greg Jennings can dislike the Green Bay Packers all he wants.