As the Green Bay Packers prepare for another season that is sure to feature them as powerhouses in the NFC, an idea popped up that surely few in the state of Wisconsin wanted to hear.
It’s not, by any means, a certainty, but the 2012 season could be the final time that fans in Green Bay will see Greg Jennings playing his home games at Lambeau Field. Jennings is set to become an unrestricted free agent and has already acknowledged the possibility of this being his last season with the Pack.
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
“Whether the contract comes with Green Bay in the near future or (with) one of the other 31 teams, that’s the reality of it,” Jennings said. “That’s the way I have to approach it. My mind-set is 20 weeks of football with the Packers and then this is it.
“This is my last year with the Packers under contract. That’s my mind-set. I’m not thinking about (the) contract. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I have to make sure I go out there and do what I’ve been doing for six solid years here to get myself a chance to play somewhere.”
Now, by no means is that a declaration of any sort. Jennings did nothing more than explain the reality of being a payer in the NFL. Could he leave via free agency? Absolutely, but that doesn’t count him out with the Packers in the future by any stretch of the imagination.
Since he was drafted by the Packers in the second round back in 2006, Jennings has become one of the game’s elite receivers. He’s hit the 1,000-yard mark three times in his career, and fell just 51 yards short in 2011, but also missed three games because of a knee injury.
It’s certainly possible that Jennings walks in free agency. The Packers have the depth at wide receiver to create leverage in their favor, despite the fact that Jennings is likely to seek a big payday on the market. The franchise tag is a possibility, but unlikely when talking about Green Bay. It’s no secret how the Packers deal with free agents.
This is something that will likely become more serious next summer, but the concept of Jennings walking away from the Packers is a real possibility.