How much money will former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings receive on the free-agent market? Jennings supposedly wants a contract that pays him $12-14 million per season. He was adamant about not wanting the franchise tag, which would’ve paid him $10.537 million in 2013.
Jennings should’ve been thrilled when he heard that the Kansas City Chiefs re-signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Had Bowe hit free agency, many experts felt like he was the No. 1 wide receiver in a respectable group that may include Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, Domenik Hixon and Jennings. Bowe’s price tag would set the market for these players.
If Jennings honestly wanted at least $12 million per season, then he could’ve been mildly disappointed with what Bowe received. According to NFL Insider Jason La Canfora , Bowe received a five-year, $56 million contract with $26 million guaranteed. That still makes him one of the NFL’s highest-paid receivers.
Is a long-term contract with $11.2 million per season something that management would consider paying Jennings?
Numerous questions surround the 29-year-old receiver. How much of his success is accredited to having Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football? After missing 11 games during the last two seasons (eight during the 2012-13 season), is Jennings an injury risk? Is there a hidden message from his sister’s Twitter rants?
The Packers have upcoming contracts with Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and Rodgers. They must consider adding at least one defensive lineman in free agency. They already have proven wide receivers such as Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson. General manager Ted Thompson and his scouting department found all of these receivers after the first round of NFL drafts.
Even at $8-9 million per season, Jennings is more of a luxury than a necessity. For sentimental reasons, I wouldn’t complain if he returned at a hometown discount. Management would probably let James Jones walk when he becomes a free agent next off-season.
Don’t expect Jennings to re-sign even if he doesn’t get anything over $10 million on the market. Too many needs at other places.