Posted February 22, 2013

Ted Thompson: Packers will try to retain Greg Jennings

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Greg Jennings caught 425 passes over seven seasons with the Packers. (Mike Roemer/AP)

Greg Jennings caught 425 passes over seven seasons with the Packers. (Mike Roemer/AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — Greg Jennings has never played for an NFL team other than the Packers. Green Bay GM Ted Thompson would like to keep it that way, no matter how unrealistic that possibility looks right now.

Speaking at the scouting combine Friday, Thompson told reporters that he at least will test the waters on trying to re-sign Jennings.

“We think it’s good policy to keep our players,” Thompson said, “and that includes Greg.”

Jennings said on multiple occasions during the 2012 season that he was prepared to move on — and the Packers appeared ready to lose him, with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones all set to return next season.

While Thompson said that he would like to retain Jennings, the Packers tend not to overpay often. That stance runs in stark contrast to a report from Tom Pelissero on Friday, which stated that Jennings wants $14 million per season out of his next deal.

Not only would that demand likely push him out of Green Bay’s range, it might severely limit the number of teams that can pursue the veteran receiver.

A $14 million-per-year deal would make Jennings the third highest-paid receiver in the league — an extremely high cost, considering Jennings missed three games in 2011 and another eight last season. He finished 2012 with just 366 yards receiving, his lowest career total by almost 300 yards.

Even if the Packers wanted to bring Jennings back at that price, they may not be able to justify it with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, among others, in need of contract extensions soon. Rodgers’ next deal could rely heavily on what Joe Flacco receives from Baltimore this offseason, but it figures to be upwards of $15 million per season.

Thompson’s words at the combine, then, may have been nothing more than paying Jennings lip service. A new multi-year contract at an average of $14 million a season certainly does not appear to be in the cards for Jennings in Green Bay.

4 comments
tommy2tone
tommy2tone

GB has always known that football is a team sport - that's why they don't overpay for any one player, they don't sign head cases like Randy Moss no matter how talented because they're locker-room poison, and they get rid of players who don't fit into the team scheme. I've always liked Jennings but no way he's going to get $14 mil a year from any team after missing so many games w/ injury the last two seasons. He owes most of his success to Aaron Rogers anyway. He's a replaceable part.

TomObermann
TomObermann

Jennings remaining with the Packers would be a win for both parties.  Jennings, in a contract year, did nothing to convince 31 other GMs around the league that he's worth anything near $14M/season.  Too many games missed due to injury.  Thompson can grant him a 1 or 2 year "do over" with an extension, giving Jennings a chance to demonstrate his "elite" while helping the Packers in another campaign or two, and still allow him to test the free agency waters before he's ready for the old-and-washed-up receivers home.  

 

The writer got it right though.... the Packers almost never over-pay.  And that's one of many reasons they're so successful.

ub3r_n3rd
ub3r_n3rd

HAH! $14M/year for that dude? Seriously? If Jennings really wants that much money he won't find it anywhere in the league, he's not that good of a receiver. He's getting old, he's getting injured often, and he's never had consistent elite receiver numbers in his career.

Wile E Coyote
Wile E Coyote

 @ub3r_n3rd Never been elite? Greg Jennings is an elite receiver. Just not a top 3 receiver. Maybe top 10, definitely top 15. Quit sippin' the haterade.