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Packers Daily Links: Jennings Open to Playing for the Vikings

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.

Transcripts of the Greg Jennings interview appear at JSOnline, Green Bay Press-Gazette and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

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.

Fox Sports Wisconsin looks back at the Packers' 2011 Draft class and offers some postseason analysis on running back DuJuan Harris.

AllGreenBayPackers.com gives a report card grade to offensive lineman Don Barclay and looks at the Packers defensive line.

Some potential Packers draft choices are listed by Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.

Lombardi Ave. takes a look at the Packers' free agents and stokes the fire on Darrelle Revis.

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...

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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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Derek's picture

Greg Jennings, you go ahead and sign with Minnesota. You are getting old and breaking down, and they'll overpay you. And then we'll keep beating their stupid purple asses.

Evan's picture

It's hard to fault his honesty, but, man, the Greg Jennings free agency tour is already annoying me and it hasn't even started yet.

Lars's picture

Agree. Jennings has been talking about his flippin' contract for almost a year now. Enough already. In a month he can sign with one of "the other 31 teams" as he puts it. The sooner the better, so Greg, his sister, and Packer fans can move on. If it's the Vikings, fine.

imfubared's picture

Let us not foget the injuries he has had the past three years as well. Had this been a healthy reliable Jennings, probably a different story but the guy has been breaking down a lot the last three years.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

As the days go by, and his gums continue to bump... I'm liking #85 less and less. It's my fault, I mistakenly thought him to be different, but he's just about the cash. I don't blame him, I blame myself for thinking otherwise. Go play with ponder, and we'll see what your mental midget of a sister has to say about it a few games in. Should be entertaining.

GBP 4 LIFE

Tarynfor12's picture

I said a while back...many will not like what they begin to see or think they see of Greg Jennings.

Every player that enters FA puts two prices on their head...one is the value he feels of his worth and the other is his previous teams fans placed bounty via misguided ill will.

MLecl0001's picture

I dont get why every one is so bitter. Greg Jennings is a great player who from the outside looking in always had a great attitude. The dude wants to get paid one last time before he hangs up his cleats. Seriously, this is just pathetic and just shows how childish fans can be.

I say thanks Jennings for some great years and good luck wherever you end up, will always enjoy your play in green and gold.

eveningcoconut's picture

Don't think it's about bitterness friend. Part of what makes the Packers great is their rich tradition of respect and love of the WAY the game is played. At some level, it is a business, but that doesn't mean that that attitude has to permeate the game. This is why DD is loved, and guys like Favre and it looks like 85 maybe not so much. When the game becomes more about them maximizing what THEY get, and less about how it's played, you're going to lose respect. Especially w/ Packer fans. It's having these standards, and adhering to them that makes GB special. Loved me some Jennings while he played, but it's obvious he is focusing on HIM. It's a team sport. His sister is a dbag btw.

Derek's picture

Awesome!

Rocky70's picture

@ eveningcoconut

--- Look around. The whole world operates this way. If given the chance, you probably would too.
Bottom line --- GB's WR corp. & the "O" will be weaker with GJ playing elsewhere.

MLecl0001's picture

+1

Dont agree with alot Rocky70 has to say or type, but he is right about this. Simple fact of the matter is so many bitter, yes bitter, fans would not hesitate to switch companies or jobs if it meant more money.

The whole its more about the love than the money is nonsense permeated by media and mostly fans. There are only a few rules I view football and all sports with.

1. Its a business
2. Sports players are people, nothing more nothing less.
3. Its not the most important thing in the world.

I think lots of fans dont see those 3 facts about sports and its what makes them jaded/bitter/upset with players/owners/gm/team etc.

Glorious80s's picture

Fine. It's a business. But the sport, organization, sports media and these players, current and former, generate and profit from the love and loyalty of the fans to keep paying for tickets, souvies, autographs, charity and alumni events, etc. Is it too much to ask for some consideration beyond mere sentiments in return?
For that reason DD is rare and will be honored. Others will be just passing through.
So, let GJ go, there's other receivers in the draft, younger, more eager and cheaper.

Bibbon Hazel's picture

Play where they pay. You got your ring, now its time for some bling. See what I did there? With the rhymes? Cool, ey?

dawg's picture

Jennings is gone.
Finley gets one more yr!
OL,DL LB bigger needs.

imfubared's picture

I agree a mundo

Bugeater's picture

You know what? If you ask a guy a question and he just answers it honestly, there's really no fault in that. Reporters have been asking him all year about his contract and he's answered them in a straigtforward manner. He's not at the end of his career, so he has to look at getting the best contract he can. If Rodgers wasn't getting paid he'd look elsewhere too. If the Packers decide they can come up with a way to pay Jennings, he'll stay. Then will he a be a hero to everybody again? And really, he'd be kinda stupid if he said he wouldn't play for the Vikings.

imfubared's picture

Hey if nothing else he puts the fear of God in TT knowing the Vikes have a strong team now and are two receivers from being in the elite while the Pack are heading downward now. Just no playmakers on this team.
They should swap Jennings for Harvin and restrusture his contract.

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