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Greg Jennings Will Not Receive the Franchise Tag

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Greg Jennings Will Not Receive the Franchise Tag

The deadline for teams to assign a player the franchise tag came and went Monday and the Packers have decided not to tag Greg Jennings.

If the Packers had tagged Jennings, they would have owed him around $10.5 million next season. Instead, Jennings will hit the free agency market and is considered to be one of the top wide receivers available. Jennings can not sign a new contract until free agency officially begins on March 14th.

Alex Marvez from Fox Sports was one of the first to break the story.

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jmac34's picture

shocking.........

Lou's picture

A win for everyone, as productive a 2nd round choice as the Packers have had in a long time and a class act. His huge 3rd down catch in the Super Bowl when he was covered like a blanket and the ball was partially tipped was the play of the game and a big reason the Lombardi Trophy came back home. Best wishes to a great guy.

Nick perry's picture

Yup and not another receiver on the Packers could have pulled that down. This move or lack of will haunt the Packers. I saw all I needed to see all season long to see the receiving corps truly missed Jennings. Sure Rodgers threw a ton of TD's but this offense is no where near as effective without Jennings. Now if Thompson would go get a decent RB and have a good run game, a hammer to go with Harris that may be something but sorry, I really don't like the idea of letting him walk for nothing. Cut Finley and use that on Jennings .Franchise and get another year out of him. Lets see Finley or Jennings ? Common man!

Evan's picture

For what it's worth, in the 8 games with Jennings and the 8 games without the Packers scored just as many points per game and Rodgers had just as many yards per game.

Stroh's picture

Yeah. The offense was slowed all year by 2 deep safeties. Until we force teams to respect our running game that's all we'll see. Jennings or not!

Nick perry's picture

That's true, your right about that but I feel Jennings makes the receivers unit just that much better. It will be interesting to see how he does not having the best QB in football throwing him the ball. He's been very fortunate to have Rogers and Farve before that throwing him the ball. That and a pass happy system with other very good receivers.

Evan's picture

We're you the same guy I was talking about this with earlier?? If so, sorry for repeating myself.

I think it's no question that the more receiving threats on the field at a time makes everyone's job easier. And I don't think the Packers will not miss Jennings at all. But I do think they have enough weapons without him (including a future draft pick) to still function at a high level.

bdhustle's picture

If Jennings gets anywhere near the contract he is seeking the Packers should get a 3rd rd compensatory pick next year. If they keep Finley for 1 year and then let him leave they'll probably get a 4th rd compensatory pick for him in 2015. If they would have cut Finley and kept Jennings with the franchise tag they would get no compensation for Finley. Considering how much TT values draft picks I'm sure that this is part of the decision that has been made. Also there is more proven depth at WR than at TE.

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