WR Greg Jennings signs deal with Vikings
Greg Jennings has a new team. And for the former Packers receiver, it's one of his biggest rivals.
Greg Jennings has a new team. And for the former Packers receiver, it’s one of his old team's biggest rivals.
As he begins his seventh season in the league, Jennings will play in Minnesota, as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman confirms that Jennings has signed a deal with the Vikings that will pay him $18 million guaranteed.
"I don't blame Greg at all,” a Packers player texted to Freeman. “I just think he made a mistake. He went from prime rib to Burger King."
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Jennings is coming off the least-productive season of his career, gathering only 36 catches and four touchdowns in eight games during a year in which he was bothered by injuries. In the previous three seasons, Jennings was prolific, recording 1,000-yard seasons for three-straight years. But you also have to worry about his age (he’ll turn 30 in September) and his injury history (he’s missed 11 games the past two seasons).
Reportedly, Jennings turned down an offer from the Packers last season that would have paid him $10 million per year -- 1500 ESPN reported earlier this week that Jennings was asking for $11 million at the beginning of this free agent period -- but the free-agent market this offseason has been soft, and it’s unlikely he’ll get close to that marker.
If Wes Welker is only is getting $6 million per season (and the same goes for Danny Amendola), it’s unlikely Jennings could command much more.
Even so, Jennings immediately becomes Minnesota’s No. 1 receiver with the Vikings having traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks earlier this week for three draft picks. The No. 2 receiver is Jerome Simpson, who re-signed this week, and after him, the pass-catching corps is made up of young players with barely any experience.
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