Reaching the final part of his NFL career, Greg Jennings is finding himself without a team and very few suitors. Returning to the Minnesota Vikings after two seasons isn’t going to happen. So what about the Green Bay Packers?
Hard to believe it’ll happen. Jennings had some wonderful years with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, including three consecutive seasons (2008-2010) with over 1000 yards in receptions and also part of the Super Bowl winning team in 2010.
But Jennings, making an inter-division move to the Vikings, didn’t leave quietly. He made some “bridge burning” comments in 2013 before his first game against the Packers, and things haven’t been the same since, especially with Ted Thompson, the man in charge of personnel for the Packers, having a very good memory, or at least someone to remind him of what was said.
Jennings, trying to get back on Thompson’s good side, is sounding very different in recent interviews. He’s no longer combative in his approach, and more than anything, he’s trying to remain in the NFL.
Jennings is still a capable receiver with 59 receptions and 742 yards last season on a Vikings team that wasn’t exactly torching the field through their passes. The problem for him and the Packers connection isn’t just personal.
The Packers have one of the deepest receiving corps in the land, led by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Rodgers and Jennings looked great together on the field, but with younger receivers who can give the Packers just as much as Jennings can, it’s hard to see them bringing him back.
Jennings has been in the NFL since 2006. He has 552 receptions for 8083 yards and 63 touchdowns.