The Minnesota Vikings have had a fair amount of success signing players that made their name playing for the Green Bay Packers, with Brett Favre and Ryan Longwell making notable contributions in recent years. They went back to the well again this offseason, with the bonus of addressing their top position need, by signing wide receiver Greg Jennings to a five-year, $45 million contract ($17.8 million guaranteed) in March. The Vikings may have overpaid a bit for a player that will turn 30 early in the 2013 season and hasn’t played all 16 games in a season since 2010, but making themselves better while weakening their biggest rival may have been worth it.
Jennings moves from a deep receving corp in Green Bay to becoming the top option at the position for Minnesota. He missed 11 games over the last two seasons with injuries, so some concern was raised when he missed practice this past Wednesday with an ankle injury. Missing a chance to get on the field and start building rapport with quarterback Christian Ponder is obviously not ideal, but at this stage of the offseason making sure veteran players remain healthy is a top priority. In any case, Jennings is expected to be back on the practice field when the Vikings resume OTAs next week.
Jennings brings a proven veteran presence the Vikings have lacked at wide receiver, without the baggage Percy Harvin came with, and his on-field production should be solid as long as he’s healthy. But I think young Vikings’ wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright will benefit from having Jennings around more than anyone else on the roster, other than Ponder perhaps, and that will be the veteran’s greatest impact in 2013.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.