James Jones 'taken aback' by Greg Jennings comments on '12'

Greg Jennings "jokes" aren't going over well in Green Bay.
Greg Jennings' 'jokes' aren't going over well in Green Bay. (USATSI)

Former Packers pass catcher Greg Jennings is the newest Vikings receiver, having inked a deal with Minnesota this offseason. But he's not quietly defecting to the Pack's archrival; Jennings made major noise when he said, basically, that Aaron Rodgers likes to hog the spotlight in Green Bay.

Jennings did so by only referring to Rodgers as "12," and after some back-and-forth with Rodgers, things got heated enough that Vikes coach Leslie Frazier said Jennings should keep quiet. On the other side of the fence, folks were equally offended by what Jennings had to say this offseason, including his former wideout-in-arms and 2012 NFL touchdown leader James Jones.

"I was [taken aback by his comments] and I'm extremely close to Greg. I'm the godfather of his middle daughter," Jones said Wednesday on the NFL Network. "It was a brotherhood here -- him and Aaron especially for seven years, me and him for six. When you leave you don't talk about your brother like that. I'll leave it as that. Since I've been here Aaron's been the leader of this football team and he's been one of those guys who's going to be a leader for a long time."

Pretty hard not to agree with Jones here. He's not an impartial observer between these two parties or anything, but he seemed genuinely stunned that Jennings, who spent seven years with the Packers after being drafted in the second round in 2006, would fire some aggressive pot shots at "12."

Jennings was good before Rodgers came to town -- he had success with Brett Favre -- but "12" certainly helped Jennings net the monster free-agent contract that he ended up with. And the reason Jennings didn't stick around? The Packers are good at drafting wideouts. See: Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, all of whom now look like absolute draft steals for Ted Thompson.

All of it just seems incredibly short-sighted on Jennings' part. He's providing Rodgers with more motivation to shred the Vikings and he's putting out Green Bay bridge fires with gasoline. Sound familiar? Yeah the same thing happened with Favre when he departed Green Bay and he and the Packers are still working on healing things up.

Maybe "4" should offer Jennings some more advice about this transitional stage of his career.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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