Green Bay Packers Shouldn't Franchise Tag Greg Jennings

By Devin O'Barr
Greg Jennings gets hit
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It’s time for the Green Bay Packers to rid themselves of Greg Jennings. He’s a consummate professional and can still produce on the football field, however they can’t afford to bring him back and especially not via the franchise tag.

Jennings has already voiced the frustration of a possible tag saying in December that “It’s not in the best interest of the player to be in that position” and that “(There’s) nothing good about it. You don’t see Wes Welker smiling about it.” If this is Jennings’ mindset on the tag then what’s to say he would even show up to NFL camp if tagged?

Unlike the aforementioned New England Patriots the Packers have incredible depth at the wide receiver position as Jennings wasn’t even in the top three of yards nor touchdowns amongst Packer wideouts in 2012. James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb all will suffice just fine for Aaron Rodgers who hit 10 targets versus the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card Round this postseason.

Jennings isn’t a guy that the Packers want to have long term as he is 29-years-old and has battled injury each of the last two seasons playing in just eight games this past season.

If I’m Ted Thompson and the Packers I take all of the #85 jerseys down and move on as the team is fine without Jennings and his chunk of change that he’s hoping to get this offseason. Putting the franchise tag on him would not only cost $10M, but it would also cause Jennings to be disgruntled which could kill a championship vibe in Green Bay.

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