Just days after Donald Driver said he would never play for a rival team, free-agent-to-be Greg Jennings kept the door open to playing for the bitter rival to Green Bay’s west. Making an appearance on the NFL Network’s Total Access and asked specifically about playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Jennings said, “Honestly, it’s one of those situations where like I said, it’s a business. So it’s pretty much whatever would be the right fit for myself as well as my family as far as living accommodations, that’s where we’re going to end up…Absolutely. All other 31 teams are an option when it comes to being able to have an occupation and play the game I love to play.” It’s difficult to blame Jennings for exploring all his options in free agency. In the end, playing football is a business, and he needs to leverage his talent, wherever that may be, including being reunited with former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in Miami as well.
A pair of former NFL general managers now working in the media, Charley Casserly of the NFL Network and Bill Polian of ESPN, were interviewed by Tyler Dunne of JSOnline for their thoughts on Greg Jennings and free agency. Casserly’s comments, in particular, are of interest, given his inclination that Green Bay might be the primary bidder in the Jennings Sweepstakes. “He’s the best receiver on the market,” Casserly is quoted as saying, “but frankly I don’t know if any team will offer him more than what Green Bay will pay him — whatever that number is.” You have to wonder how familiar Casserly is with the Packers’ salary-cap situation. Can the Packers really offer him the most money with so much due to Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji in potential contract extensions?
Wide receiver is the position being analyzed in ESPNMilwaukee’s offseason series, and writer Jason Wilde brings up a big question. “If Jennings does leave as expected – and if tight end Jermichael Finley is released in a cost-cutting move, which remains a possibility – what will Rodgers’ arsenal look like?” Of course, the Packers still have a pretty good corps even without Jennings and Finley. With James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, the Packers are well-stocked, but might they add even more ammunition during the NFL Draft?
The other position being analyzed at the Packers official website is the offensive line.
In a column at the Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty notes how Aaron Rodgers is underpaid compared to other NFL quarterbacks and discusses the probability of an upcoming extension.
Former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson talks about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the South Jersey SUNNE.WS.
Another former Packers linebacker, George Koonce, spoke to TMJ4 in Milwaukee about concussions in the NFL.
Some potential Packers draft choices are listed by Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.
Acme Packing Company explores the potential of seeing Ricky Jean-Francois in a Packers uniform.
Video: ProFootballTalk takes a look at some of the Packers’ offseason issues…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.