Darren Sharper. Ryan Longwell. Robert Ferguson. Brett Favre.
And now, Greg Jennings.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jennings agreed to a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, becoming the latest player in a growing line of former Packers choosing to join Green Bay’s NFC North rivals.
Greg Jennings reached agreement with…the Vikings.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2013
Jennings, 29, fills a massive hole at No. 1 receiver for the pass-starved Vikings.
He’ll join an offense that includes the NFL’s reigning MVP Adrian Peterson, an emerging tight end Kyle Rudolph and spotty quarterback Christian Ponder. Receiver Percy Harvin was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks for three draft picks this week, creating the need for Minnesota to get aggressive to replace his production.
While the Packers were believed to be in the race to re-sign Jennings, a trip to Minnesota that included dinner Thursday night with head coach Leslie Frazier, general manager Rick Speilman and defensive end Jared Allen and the ensuing facility visit Friday sealed the deal.
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the deal was for five years and $47.5 million, with $18 million guaranteed.
Jennings, a former second-round pick of the Packers in 2006, caught 36 passes for 366 yards during an injury-plagued 2012 season. Each represented new career-lows. From 2008-2011, however, Jennings averaged over 70 receptions and 1,150 yards and was named to two Pro Bowls (2010, 2011).
Jennings exits Green Bay ranked seventh in franchise history in receptions (425) and receiving yards (6,537) and fifth in touchdown receptions (53).
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.