Posted December 18, 2012

Greg Jennings’ ‘educated guess’ is he will not be a Packer in 2013

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Greg Jennings averaged just over 8 TDs per season before this year, but has just one in 2012. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Greg Jennings averaged just over 8 TDs per season before this year, but has just one in 2012. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Is Greg Jennings playing his last regular season home game as a member of the Green Bay Packers this Sunday? Jennings sure seems to think so.

Jennings told the NFL Network’s “Double Coverage” podcast that, though he’d like to remain a Packer for 2013 and beyond, the reality is that he’ll be elsewhere next season.

“An educated guess? … I’m gonna lean to the ‘no’ side of it,” Jennings told hosts Sam Wyche and Mark Kriegel. “That’s my educated guess, my personal educated guess. …

“I definitely, if I had a choice, me, if it was just my decision, my decision only, absolutely I would be here in a heartbeat — wouldn’t want to leave at all. But obviously it’s two sides, so the Packers are gonna do what’s best for them and hopefully I’m what’s best.

“But, if not, then I have 31 other teams that hopefully I can show them my résumé and then walk into the door and start back over.”

This is far from the first time Jennings has discussed his uncertain future in Green Bay. Before the season even began, he said he had to approach 2012 as if it was his last with the team: “My mindset is 20 weeks of football with the Packers and then this is it.”

That feeling probably did not change when Randall Cobb and James Jones stepped up with Jennings sidelined by injuries. Cobb, Jones and Jordy Nelson all are under contract for next season.

Because of those deals, the Packers may be hesitant to offer Jennings the long-term contract he’s no doubt seeking. The franchise tag could be an option, but a WR tag is estimated to cost just shy of $10 million for the 2013 season — Jennings is making just $3.885 million in base salary this season, the final year of a four-year, $26.885 million deal.

The 31-year-old Jennings has 21 catches this season (24 fewer than his previous career-low) and has played in only six of Green Bay’s 14 games thus far.

One variable in the Packers’ 2013 financial situation: Jermichael Finley’s status. The oft-criticized tight end has a salary of $4.45 million next season, plus a roster bonus of $3.5 million due in March. Reports have circulated lately that Green Bay will cut ties with Finley this offseason, likely via release. The Packers would be on the hook for just $500,000 (the remaining part of his signing bonus) next season if that occurred.

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji all due for contract extensions soon, so the Finley savings may show up there. However, if Green Bay can use part of the nearly $7.5 million it would save by cutting Finley on a reasonable Jennings contract, that might be an avenue worth exploring.

If not, there figures to be a healthy market out there for Jennings, despite his injury issues in 2013. The list of suitors might even include the Packers’ three NFC North rivals (Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota), all of which might head into the offseason looking for help at receiver.

13 comments
MichelleBastian
MichelleBastian

well.... as I watch the second half of a team that is becoming increasingly LESS of an "enemy" team to me year by year, the Vikings, vs the Steelers I can only say to Packers ever "brilliant" *MASSIVE eye roll" front office, you've made yet another STELLAR decision in letting Greg Jennings go. As of  this moment he's got 2 TD's and 92 yards and it's barely into the second half, and the Vikings have a very talented offense, not just ONE prima donna QB who is treated like God Himself while everyone else can go "hang". Good luck and KEEP SCORING Jennings. I'm no longer drinking the Green Bay koolaid either, not with this bunch of BOZOS in the front office, and I was BORN bleeding green and gold!

sekinu2
sekinu2

Move on down the road to Chicago. You might actually look good in that navy and Orange Uni along side Marshell and Jefferies.

mike719wright
mike719wright

He might not be what he was a couple of years ago, but his experience and knowledge would be a welcome addition in Miami, seeing as how we are going to have some rookie WRs next year.

jdhester10
jdhester10

He's 29 not 31.  Missed it by 2 years.  I love how these articles just create whatever they want.  "Oh he's getting old".  If I wrote the story I would say he's 27, because technically he was just 28 a few months ago, and really, once he's %100 healthy he's more like 27. 

JamesMeyer1
JamesMeyer1

With injuries this year and last year limiting Jennings along with the growth of Cobb and James Jones don't expect Ted Thompson to find resigning Jennings a priority.  He likes playing in GB and fans like him.  Too bad he probably won't be back.

DustinSnyder
DustinSnyder

send him to minnesota! him on one side and percy harvin on the other... get a better QB and the NFC North will be dangerous

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

He's a vital part of the Super Bowl-winning Packers team so I wouldn't say a bad word about him.

He's 31 y/o though and should meet with management while looking for a compromise, and like Donald Driver, win the mirror ball, and remain in Green Bay for another Super Bowl ring.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

OLD NEWS!! I put this out more than 6 months ago on FanNation! LOL. With the emergence of the OTHER receivers on the team, and Jennings propensity to get injured of late, why pay the money? The Packers are loaded with quality receivers for the next 5 years or so, and that doesn't even count the ones they'll be drafting in the near future too. 

StephaneDubord1
StephaneDubord1

Jennings is a world-class receiver, but for Green Bay, he's more of a cog in a machine rather than a spotlight receiver. The Packers already boast a deep core, and can't afford to spend a ton on a wide receiver when it isn't a position of need. There are other areas that need attention far more than keeping Jennings, when they have Nelson, Jones, Cobb as their top 3.

 

I do take offense to Jennings saying "if it was up to him"... if he were willing to take the league minimum, I'm sure he'd get his way, but we all know this comes down to $$$, so stop playing it up like you're a "victim".

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @jdhester10

 If you really want to get technical, his Old Spice commercials appeal to 24 year olds, he Lambeau leaps like a 20 year old, and I saw him drinking a Milawaukee's Best once which as we all know is restricted to those under 21 with no income or common sense. So in reality Jennings is still a teenager and will be prepping for prom around NFL Draft time.

sekinu2
sekinu2

 @DustinSnyder

 But since Harvin won't be there next year you ll need 2 recievers and a QB