Where unrestricted free agent Greg Jennings plays in 2013 might just come down to whether he wants the money in Minnesota or the quarterback in Green Bay.
According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, both the Packers and Vikings have inquired about signing Jennings to a deal as the new league year opened Tuesday.
A source told FOXSports.com that the Vikings and the Packers have expressed interest in signing Jennings now that he is an unrestricted free agent.
Happenings on the Jennings’ front may move even faster than most imagine.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette was told by an NFL source that if a deal with a team outside Green Bay is not reached by midnight Tuesday, Jennings could end up back with the Packers.
Jason La Canfora reported that Jennings’ market doesn’t appear to be “shaping up as some assumed it would.”
The Vikings are likely offering Jennings a better financial deal, especially after clearing cap space Tuesday by dealing away Percy Harvin and releasing veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield. Minnesota needs a receiver, and hurting a division rival would only sweeten the deal.
But Jennings likely has legitimate concerns about the Vikings situation at quarterback, which is shaky at best with Christian Ponder under center.
The Miami Dolphins, another landing spot deemed likely early in the process, instead signed Mike Wallace to a five-year, $65 million deal just minutes into the start of free agency. The agreement all but rules out a Jennings-Joe Philbin reunion in Miami.
The Indianapolis Colts reportedly have not shown interest in Jennings either.
That leaves the Packers—the team that drafted Jennings in 2006 and who possess one of the game’s top quarterbacks and offensive supporting casts—as a very real option. Demovsky’s report makes it appear as if the Packers have a legitimate offer on the table for Jennings, albeit one that is less lucrative than Minnesota’s.
If that’s the case, and Jennings is muling over serious offers from only Green Bay and Minnesota, a somewhat simple question is likely being debated: Would the 29-year-old receiver rather take less money and continue playing with Aaron Rodgers, or is landing a bigger, more financially-secure deal that allows an exit from Green Bay more important to his family?
We could know sooner than you think.
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.