Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings played his first seven seasons for the Packers and was an integral part of the team’s rise to their latest Super Bowl championship in 2011. After the 2012 season, Jennings became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson had to consider that Jennings will turn 30 this season, which is an unspoken benchmark for a skill player’s abilities to begin to erode. In 2012, Jennings missed half of the season with a core injury that required surgery and extensive rehab. Legitimately, there were questions as to what Jennings’ value and contributions would be over the next five seasons or so.
Thompson decided that his biggest priority was to work on extending the contracts of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews and offered Jennings considerably less than Jennings was seeking. It’s hard to argue that decision and the long-term contributions that both Rodgers and Matthews, if healthy, can provide the team. It seemed all but certain that Jennings would be leaving to play elsewhere. When free agency started, Jennings had stated that he was looking for a long-term deal in the neighborhood of $5-$7 million per year. He received little interest and there was a real possibility that the Packers would end up being his only and best option. The Vikings then swooped in and gave Jennings a fiver year deal worth $45 million and just over $17 million guaranteed.