Free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings hasn’t been able to stay healthy recently
Teams are allowed to begin using the franchise tag today, but don’t look for the Packers to employ that mechanism to ensure keeping Greg Jennings around for another season. Here are some reasons why GM Ted Thompson might be reluctant to guarantee the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver $10 million for 2013:
MONEY- Green Bay is $17 million under the salary cap, but that’s not as much cushion as it would seem. Remember, the team still has a handful of restricted free agents to deal with and a trio of star players to extend. Tenders to Sam Shields, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Tom Crabtree and Robert Francois could cost as much as $6 million. Add in a new contract for either Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews or B.J. Raji, and Thompson would quickly find himself pretty tight against the cap heading into April’s draft.
AGE/HEALTH- Jennings will turn 30 in September, and since taking over as GM 8 years ago, you can count on o...