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.
Names like Joe Flacco and Jairus Byrd will be linked to beefy contracts in no-time – neither the Ravens or the Bills will want to give teams even the slightest sniff to place a bid or a dollar amount.
Players like Greg Jennings though — someone who is no longer a “franchise” type player for the Packers — look to be as good as gone perhaps well before the draft.
The Packers have no real need for Jennings anymore to put it bluntly. It’s not that he’s a bad receiver. And it definitely hurts losing someone who provides a constant deep threat over the middle. Not to mention the chemistry with Aaron Rodgers, which seemed one-of-a-kind at times.
But Ted Thompson is Ted Strong. He sticks to growing players from the ground up a...