Minnesota Vikings must make a deal with Greg Jennings today

By Simon Greene
Jeff Hanisch – USA TODAY Sports

Former Green Bay Packers veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings will be visiting the Minnesota Vikings today, something that seems like it’s been a long time coming.

The Vikings allowed Percy Harvin walk at the beginning of the week, a necessary move for them as they found him too difficult to work with. His fights with the coaching staff, as well as his constant bad-mouthing of his quarterback was enough for the team, and what they got in compensatory picks for him will be a huge help to them this off-season.

They also released Michael Jenkins on March 4, a move that was to be expected from a team that have elected to overhaul their receiving corps this off-season. Jenkins, a nine-year veteran of the NFL, has been playing with the Vikings for the past two seasons. During that time, he received for 915 yards and five touchdowns, a more limited role for a WR2 than what the Vikings will need.

The Vikings mostly decided to release Jenkins as he would have been paid a $2.3 million roster bonus had they kept him past this coming Saturday.

Now, the arrival of Jennings today will hopefully herald a new receiving era in Minnesota.

Jennings, who has played his entire seven year career in Green Bay, would be an asset to the Vikings offense, and would come at a significantly cheaper price than Mike Wallace, who that they missed out on earlier in the week. Wallace ended up going to the Miami Dolphins on a five-year $60 million contract, a price that the Vikings will not have to come close to if they sign Jennings.

There might be some concerns over Jennings at the moment, as he missed half of last season due to a groin injury which he had to get surgery for. In the eight games that he did play, Jennings only received for 366 yards and four touchdowns, a significant decrease over the past few seasons.

But, a new setting, a new quarterback and a new offensive playbook could bring Jennings back to the top once more.

The Vikings will almost definitely try to make a deal with Jennings when he arrives in Minnesota, likely for around $11 million a year. Although this seems quite high, a shorter term of contract and less guaranteed money than the deal received by Wallace would make this worthwhile for both sides.

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