Greg Jennings said yesterday that as he arrived in Minneapolis and was approached by Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, he was in the middle of a phone call with none other than NFL legend Brett Favre. Favre has had experience with the whole “inter-division betrayal” as some fans would call it. In 2009, Favre decided to step out of his three week retirement and sign with the Vikings.
Speaking with Favre a few times throughout the process, Jennings said that he knew he could get a straight answer from the quarterback. “He shot me straight. I knew if there was one person that would shoot straight and tell me exactly what I wanted to hear and things I possibly didn’t want to hear, it would be Brett. He did that for me,” Jennings said.
Just what exactly did Favre tell Jennings? That may be something we will never know, word for word. Apparently it was good enough to make Jennings want to jump ship in Green Bay.
Jennings also talked about the lack of respect he felt in Green Bay, saying that he felt Minnesota wanted him in purple more than the Packers organization wanted him back in green.
Also being asked about his transition from Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the younger, more raw talent of Christian Ponder, Jennings tread carefully. He gave credit to Ponder for being able to make some strong throws within the pocket, also adding “ If there’s one thing I would say, he probably, as every young quarterback, can work on accuracy outside the pocket. But that will come.”
Jennings also made sure he did not disrespect the (lack of) talent surrounding Ponder last season after Percy Harvin went down with injury. He did somewhat excuse Ponder’s play due to the fact that he had less to work with in a receiving corps than most NFL quarterbacks did after Harvin went down.
It sounds like there was a combination of a few things spurring the move from Green Bay to Minnesota. To Jennings’ credit, though, we had gone over a month into this offseason without dragging Brett Favre into conversation. Way to go, Mr. Jennings. Just as Favre had planned all along.