Thursday, February 14, 2013
Options for Jennings
By Tim Kavanagh
Despite a belief from some observers that he's on the downside of his NFL career, impending free agent WR Greg Jennings is still better than anything some NFL teams have at the position, so demand for him this offseason will certainly be substantial; this is only buttressed by the fact that some of the other highly regarded impending FA WRs will either be franchise-tagged or re-signed by their current club, whereas the buzz has been that Jennings is unlikely to be back in Green Bay.
So what are his options? The team most strongly linked to him thus far has been the Miami Dolphins, who employ former Packers OC Joe Philbin as their HC. Speaking to Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network recently, Jennings seemed open to a possible reunion. "I wouldn't mind that at all," Jennings quipped, per NFL.com. "The weather's definitely nice. They have an up and coming quarterback."
He added later, "All other 31 teams are an option." Clearly, he's not a man that's going to rule out playing for any NFL team, a healthy attitude for a potential employee with what figures to be a number of suitors.
The cap situations for all 32 teams will undergo some ebb and flow in the coming weeks as veterans are released, but other WR-needy teams with substantial space as of now include Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England and San Francisco.
Here's ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker on the Jennings-to-Miami idea:
James WalkerIdeal free agent pairings for AFC East
"Miami needs a No. 1 receiver and Jennings needs a home. I think we have a match. The Dolphins have more than $40 million in cap room, and some of that will go towards landing a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver to assist in the development of young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Jennings, 29, has been a legit No. 1 receiver for the Green Bay Packers for years. He also has a strong tie with Miami head coach Joe Philbin, who was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay. Jennings wouldn’t have much of a learning curve and is already dreaming of the possibilities. Miami should have the inside track to bringing Jennings’ talents to South Beach in March as long as the Dolphins are willing to pay."