It's no secret that the Green Bay Packers' defense suffered from some, at times, downright horrible safety play in 2013. It would seem the team is ready to try and move on from that debacle as they prepare to re-shape their roster for 2014.
While attending the NFL Combine this past week, I heard quite reliably from more than one source that the Packers will not be tendering pending restricted free agent safety M.D. Jennings.
This doesn't come as a surprise given that the lowest tender, which would allow the Packers to match any contract offer, would pay Jennings $1.389 million. Looking at his tape from 2013, it's not hard to see why the team feels little reason to place that type of value on the fourth year pro.
This move doesn't preclude a return to the team next year. There's a good chance the Packers are running the Tom Crabtree playbook - letting Jennings test the market while remaining open to having him return on a minimum contract.
Much has been made about the sub-par play at safety and heading into 2014 with Jennings as a starter can't be an option for the team. But having a player back at the veterans minimum with starting experience and who knows the scheme would not be a bad thing.
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