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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 one hand the number of players over the age of 29 that Thompson has extended. And none of those players were coming off back-to-back seasons marred by injuries. After playing in 75 of his first 80 games, Jennings has missed 11 of the last 19. When a previously durable veteran suddenly begins to spend almost as much time on the sideline as he does on the field, it’s often the start of a troubling trend.
DEPTH AT WR- The offense missed Jennings this past season, but it still managed to score enough points to lead the Packers to another NFC North title. And even without its top wide receiver, this corps is still among the very best. Jordy Nelson is one year removed from gaining 1,263 yards, James Jones led the NFL in TD catches with 14 and Randall Cobb is a budding star. Just as importantly, Thompson has proven to be as adept at drafting quality receivers as singer John Mayer is at finding incredibly hot girlfriends.
Is it possible that Jennings could return to the Packers if he doesn’t get what he wants on the open market? Anything’s possible, but it’s highly unlikely. As was the case with defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins in 2011 and center Scott Wells a year ago, you get the sense that Jennings is upset with the organization for not making more of an effort to extend him. You also get the sense that he’s ready to move on – even if that means accepting a deal with another team that isn’t quite what he was looking for.
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According to PackersNews.com, the Green Bay Packers aren’t expected to place their franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings.
The only player the Green Bay Packers would consider tagging among their five unrestricted free agents is receiver Greg Jennings. It would cost the Packers in the neighborhood of $10 million to tag Jennings and keep him under contract through the 2013...
According to Don Banks of SI.com, if the St. Louis Rams won’t be going after Greg Jennings and Dwayne Bowe in free agency, even if they aren’t able to re-sign wide receiver Danny Amendola. There’s too much concern over Jennings’ injuries over the past two seasons and a lot of people around the league are worried Bowe will stop playing once he gets paid.
If St. Louis does...
With NFL free agency starting in roughly 25 days on March 12th at 4:00 p.m. ET; there are going to be a lot of players moving and having to restructure deals due to the current salary cap and for various other reasons.The biggest name on the list of free agents is Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco. Unless there is some huge fall out with the Ravens, teams should not even pursue...
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes that the Packers are unlikely to use their franchise tag on WR Greg Jennings.
This really isn’t all that shocking given that there hasn’t been any indication from the Packers that he’s a part of their long-term plans.
Vandermause adds that Green Bay has made no recent attempts to offer Jennings a new contract and expects...
The St. Louis Rams have several questions surrounding the wide receiver position, as Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson are both free
agents. However, if they find themselves in need of an additional wide out, the
team isn’t expected to target free agents Greg Jennings or Dwayne Bowe,
according to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated.
If St. Louis does lose Amendola, it doesn'...
This past Monday marked the first calendar day NFL teams could franchise tag their free agents ahead of a long offseason. At the moment only five or six names look to be a guaranteed certainty in terms of their future, while the rest of the pool swims freely in doubt.
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Peter King of SI.com writes that free agents like WR Greg Jennings and OT Jake Long ”will likely be disappointed” by the kind of interest they’ll find on the open market this year.
King mentions that both Jennings and Long could be impacted by their injury histories and the fact that there are other options available at their respective positions.
King adds that Mike Wallace...
We continue our look at this year’s crop of free agents by taking a gander at some of the wide receivers and tight ends that are set to hit the open market. There are many good names still in the prime of their careers at both positions, unlike the QBs and RBs we looked at in our last installment. Teams will be opening the checkbook for some of these past Pro Bowlers, making some...
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Today: WR Greg Jennings
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Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Dolphins may be targeting Steelers unrestricted free agent Mike Wallace to be their new number 1.
Multiple sources tell the Sun-Sentinel Steelers receiverMik...