Greg Jennings wants to get paid.
Hey, I understand that. The wide receiver will turn 30 years old by Week 3 of the upcoming season and has to be thinking this is his last shot to cash in on a long-term deal with any sense of security.
As a player, you go get your money while you still can. That's the drill.
But as a team, are you going to pay $10 million to $12 million a year to land Jennings on your club? Nah. You're not. That's simply too steep a price to pay for a player who has some wear on the tires and missed a total of 11 games over the last two seasons due to injuries (sports hernia, concussions).
But you will pay something, because Jennings has real value. We aren't talking about a second- or third-tier free agent who will wait around for the phone to ring once the market opens on March 12. After Dwayne Bowe re-signed with Kansas City earlier this week, Jennings and Mike Wallace are considered the top targets at the position on the free-agent market. The phone will be ringing early.
However, for teams desperate to find a veteran upgrade at receiver, the big question is deciding whether Jennings is still a legit No. 1 guy. Can he consistently get open as the main focus of a defensive backfield?
I went back and watched the game tape on Jennings from the 2012 season and focused on his skill set once he returned to the field late in the regular season and into the playoffs. Based on the tape, Jennings has plenty to offer teams, and three stand out. Let's take a look.