Minnesota Vikings‘ fans everywhere can breath a collective sigh of relief, as the team stepped up to the plate and signed Greg Jennings Friday evening. The deal is worth $47 million over five years, with $18 million guaranteed.
This was a move that had to get done. The Vikings had to do something after dealing Percy Harvin earlier in the week, and they came through in a big way. Jennings will in come right away and be a legitimate No. 1 target for Christian Ponder. Still in the prime of his career, the wide receiver will be looking for a fresh start in Minnesota.
I honestly don’t know what the Vikings would have done if they didn’t sign Jennings to this deal. He was the last top-tier receiver available, and Minnesota had to have him if they were serious about upgrading their receiver corp.
Now speculation will begin as to whether the Vikings will still take a receiver with one of their first round picks. Adam Schefter stated that he didn’t think they had to now, but I disagree. If Minnesota wants to be a serious contender in the loaded NFC next year, they need more top-notch talent at wide out. Jennings is a terrific signing, but he needs help.
Fans should worry about the draft picks as it gets closer to April 25th. For now, they should be ecstatic about a legitimate Pro Bowl receiver joining the team. In the end, it came down the Vikings opening up their check book and paying the man. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
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