There’s been plenty of talk surrounding the Green Bay Packers possibly parting ways with Greg Jennings this offseason as they’re already in a tight situation with their salary cap space for the 2013 season. Jennings has already been linked to numerous teams that would pursue him if he didn’t stay in Green Bay and as crazy as it sounds–the Packers would be just fine without him in the passing game.
No player has benefited more from Aaron Rodgers taking over the starting role at quarterback for Green Bay than Jennings as the wideout has caught 34 touchdowns since the 2008 season, but last season alone shows the passing game is still loaded with enough weapons to succeed without him. Jordy Nelson, Robert Cobb, and James Jones are all capable of recording 1,000-yard seasons for the Packers and played a big role in helping Rodgers display MVP-type numbers once again in 2012.
Plus, keep in mind how successful Green Bay was this past season when Jennings appeared in just eight games while catching 36 passes for 366 yards with four touchdowns and it’s clear losing their beloved wideout wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. If anything, it would give the other three players a chance to make a name for themselves in the passing game and take advantage of seeing more passes thrown their way–which is exactly what they did in 2012.
Slapping the franchise tag on Jennings would simply be too much for Green Bay financially this season and the Packers won’t be willing to spend the type of money he could receive elsewhere–so it may just be best for both sides to part ways at this point.
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