Congratulations to former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings for his recent five-year, $47.5 million demotion promotion to the Minnesota Vikings. Those numbers are from ESPN. The contract includes $18 million guaranteed. At least $27 million of that comes during the first three seasons.
Jennings joins a historic list of former Packers players who would eventually earn their way into the hearts of Vikings fans worldwide. Some of these players include Brett Favre, Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell and Robert Ferguson.
What comes with this big-league promotion? Bigger paychecks, a domed stadium to deflect cold and wet weather (until 2014), games when receivers don’t have to do anything because Adrian Peterson has everything under control, and quarterbacks such as Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel throwing indefensible passes. For Jennings, this gives him the opportunity to show off his “smelf” in a brand new purple-and-gold outfit.
It’s hard to compete with that. No wonder so many Packers players join their arch-rival. The Packers are practically the Vikings’ Triple-A team. Once a Packers player becomes a superstar, the Vikings promote him to their roster. While those players continue to have productive careers, the team itself never reaches the Super Bowl. Maybe the Vikings should call up more Packers players?
All joking aside, if Jennings can stay healthy, the Vikings have a good asset. This gives them more flexibility with both of their first-round picks, one that they acquired when they traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.
Other than depth, losing Jennings shouldn’t do much to the Packers. In 2012, injuries kept Jennings out of eight games. That didn’t keep the Packers from finishing with an 11-5 regular-season record and a trip to the NFC Divisional playoffs. Jennings also missed games during the 2011-12 NFL season. The Packers finished with a 15-1 record.
Jennings is a quality player. With that said, the Packers will overcome his departure because they have Aaron Rodgers, depth at wide receiver and general manager Ted Thompson’s ability to draft wide receivers.
In the next couple of seasons, the Packers have upcoming contracts with Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and Rodgers. So—which one of these players will earn their demotion promotion to the Vikings?