Top 5 Teams That Greg Jennings Could Sign With In 2013 NFL Free Agency

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Top 5 Teams That Greg Jennings Could Sign With In 2013 NFL Free Agency

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As much as Green Bay Packers fans did not want to see this day come, it is certainly almost upon us. Wide receiver Greg Jennings will hit the open market as one of the top NFL free agents in 2013. Which five teams have the best shot at signing him this off-season?

Jennings only played in eight games last season and because of that, his numbers suffered. The Michigan native hauled in 36 receptions for 366 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. Jennings’ agent believes his client deserves a big contract and that some team will pay him as much as $10 million per year.

The fact that he has missed 11 games in the last two seasons definitely goes against him. Not to mention, without quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football and head coach Mike McCarthy creating plays to get him open there is a realistic chance that his numbers will drop with another team even if he is healthy. Jennings is also 29 years old and that will also be a factor when teams decide how much money they are willing to give him. There are too many general managers that have given older wide receivers big contracts only to receive a slap in the face in return. I am not saying Jennings will not produce because I believe he will, but the NFL is a business and he certainly could be a gamble.

On the other hand, Jennings is considered a great catch by any team that desperately needs a proven veteran playmaker. His incredible career numbers (425 receptions, 6,537 yards, 53 touchdowns) do not lie and his big play ability to take over games will lure in several front office employees.

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#5 Green Bay Packers

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Jennings put his house up for sale in Green Bay and has admitted that he may have caught his last football in the green and gold. However, the fact of the matter is Jennings wants to remain a member of the Packers and that could very well come into play in free agency. If Green Bay can get close to the numbers Jennings wants, or what other teams are offering, then they might have a legitimate shot at getting their top wide out to stay in Titletown.

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#4 Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos were two wins away from a Super Bowl berth in 2012 and quarterback Peyton Manning is not getting any younger. Fans in Denver may say the last thing they need is a deep threat on offense considering their talented wide receiving corps, but even a team that was ranked sixth in receiving can improve. The Broncos will have roughly $18.5 million to spend in 2013, which will be more than enough to acquire Jennings and other valuable pieces to the puzzle. It is no secret Manning signed with Denver because he believes that is where he has the best shot at going out on top. Acquiring Jennings will certainly help that dream come true.

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#3 Indianapolis Colts

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Many people around the NFL were surprised to see the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs this past season but now that the team has got there, they need to take another step forward in 2013. The Colts have an up and coming quarterback in Andrew Luck but they need to surround him with playmakers if they want to be successful. The inexperienced wide receiving corps is one of the biggest problems on the team, with the exception of veteran Reggie Wayne. Putting Jennings on the other side of Wayne would give Luck two very talented targets and could put opposing defenses in a bind. Indianapolis has more than enough money to acquire Jennings, now they just have to figure out a way to convince him to sign.

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#2 Seattle Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks are another rising team with a dynamic young quarterback that will take the organization to heights they have never reached before. Russell Wilson desperately needs a deep-threat wide receiver on his side, someone that can hit the home run ball with him. The Seahawks do have Golden Tate and Sidney Rice on the roster but neither receiver was able to break the 800-yard mark on the season. Seattle had the fourth worst receiving rank in the league and need to improve in that area if they want to compete in the NFC. Signing Jennings would give the very dangerous Wilson one more weapon that could be the difference in the division next season.

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#1 Miami Dolphins

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The No. 1 team that is likely to sign Jennings in the 2013 off-season is the Miami Dolphins. It would be unusual for Jennings to sign with Miami only because he clearly wants to win more Super Bowls. This is not saying the Dolphins are incapable of getting to the big game but they are certainly several pieces away from becoming contenders. On the other hand, Miami has a secret weapon that could lure Jennings to South Beach. Former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is the head coach of the Dolphins and would like nothing more than to see Jennings play for him once again. Miami’s offense lacks the explosiveness every team needs in the NFL to be successful, but put Jennings on that squad and the offense will instantly get some credibility with one of the best deep-threat receivers in the game.