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The Vikings brass, and Jared Allen, spent last night and today courting free agent wide out Greg Jennings by taking him out to the famous Manny’s Steakhouse and touring the Winter Park facilities.
Now, Jennings is a Minnesota Viking under a five year deal, which fills a huge need on the wide receiver depth chart.
Jennings played with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for his whole career, but will now be playing with Christian Ponder who needs to continue to improve in order to maintain his status as the franchise’s quarterback of the present and the future.
Jennings, 29 years old, is coming off of an injury plagued season that turned out to be the worst of his career. He managed only 36 catches for 366 yards and four touchdowns. Still, the assumption is that he is fully healthy now and will strive to return to the 1,000 yard plus receiver that he was known as, which the Vikings need so desperately.
With Percy Harvin being traded to Seattle the Vikings have Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright, and Stephen Burton on the Vikings depth chart that could still see some movement this offseason. The Vikings are still expected to use some combination of their 11 draft picks to add youth and talent at the position.
Jennings has played 96 games in his career and has caught 425 balls for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns.
His new deal is expected to be $47.5 million over the five years, with $18 million guaranteed, which is a $9.5 million per year average.
Rick Spielman had a lot of kind things to say about his staff at Thursday’s press conference prior to introducing Leslie Frazier who described Friday as a “great day for the Minnesota Vikings.” Frazier also placed an emphasis on Jennings having high character and leadership qualities, which are the types of statements that were all too predictable following the trade of Harvin.
“I’m excited, today is a great day, and I’m looking forward to what the future holds,” said Jennings right off the bat who went on to describe his first walk into free agency and give his respects to the Green Bay Packers organization.
“It was just a family feel. It felt comfortable,” Jennings said of his visit with the Vikings who said the team is a contender for whom the window is now opening, not closing. He also said the move was selfish in that he is looking forward to playing with Adrian Peterson who commands the attention of an entire defense.
Jennings also talked highly of Christian Ponder’s game tape and feels he has matured, and will continue to mature, as a passer in the NFL and is looking forward to helping him out with that.
“It’s a fresh new start. A Change,” he said. ”I’m looking forward to the change.”
Jennings said that his choices “pretty much” came down to Minnesota and Green Bay, and then cited his dinner with Jared Allen as a big reason why he made the decision he did.
Jennings ended his conference by saying, with a huge smile, that it is important to note he is currently 29 years old and will not be 30 until after the season starts.
Well, it took some time, but it appears that Rick Spielman got his man.
According to ESPN, the Vikings have reached an agreement with the former Packers receiver, who will provide the Vikings with a legitimate weapon for Christian Ponder’s second season as the full time starter.
Jennings will turn 30 in September and was reportedly looking for a deal north of $10 million. Jennings has been plagued by injuries, and saw an increase in competition for snaps in Green Bay, over the last two seasons but was one of the NFL’s premier receivers from 2008 to 2010.
The deal is reported to be over five years, which means Jennings will be 35 years old when it expires, and financial terms are currently unknown. A press conference is scheduled for 7:15 tonight.
We will have updates coming soon.
One of the most obvious targets that Vikings speculation swirled about as free agency neared was Packer wide out Greg Jennings.
Well, now we are going to find out whether or not the team and the player think they are a match as Jennings is officially visiting the Vikings in Minnesota. 1500 ESPN reports that Jennings, 29 years old, will have dinner with officials on Thursday night and then visit the team facilities on Friday, but that no deal is imminent.
As we have seen, however, things can move very fast during free agency.
The star Packer has had a couple of down years, mostly due to injury, but he would instantly become the most legitimate weapon in the Vikings passing game after Percy Harvin was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks.
I decided to stay awake as long as I could during this new, weird free agency (but not really) deal that the NFL is doing these days.
I was able to find out one thing that should have been obvious to us all: The Vikings called the agents of receivers Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings.
Those reports come from Pro Football Central and otherwise have absolutely no detail.
So, yeah, glad I stayed awake.
[NOTE: Click the links to see our free agency rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, fullbacks,tight ends, centers, guards, and offensive tackles. We’ll continue our way through all of the positions this week.]
The media is currently in the middle of regurgitating old Percy Harvin storylines, but the truth is that nobody has any idea how that whole situation is going to shake out. What we do know is that the Vikings need to arm their offense with pass catching weapons, and losing a guy like Harvin would be one huge step backwards, which is not a direction they can really afford to go in.
The Vikings need so much help at receiver, in fact, I would consider almost every option to be viable and would fully expect to see some fireworks during free agency. Here are some of the options:
1. Dwayne Bowe, KC
There is no doubt that Bowe’s career has been plagued by inconsistencies and a knucklehead attitude. With that being said, the guy is very talented and has produced at a high level despite poor quarterbacks filtering through Kansas City over the years, and that offense misses him greatly when he isn’t there. He would immediately provide some legitimacy to the Vikings offense.
I was wondering when the NFL media machine would kick out the first interesting, outside-the-box rumor about our beloved Vikings.
Apparently the answer was “today.”
According to reports originating from Fox 11 in Green Bay, the Vikings have interest in 38 year old wide receiver Donald Driver. Driver has a professional relationship with Fox 11 which has led some to speculate that the station is simply doing him a solid by creating reports of interest.
That cynicism makes sense, because any real interest from the Vikings really doesn’t.
The Vikings have made no secret about their desire to become a roster full of young talent and Driver’s age is the first red flag, especially since Michael Jenkins appears to be on the chopping block in large part because he is 30 years old.
Also, Driver hasn’t exactly been lighting it up for Green Bay like he used to, despite the fact that their wide receiver depth was riddled with injury all season long. He played in 13 games and caught only eight passes, the lowest total since his rookie season.
Those eight grabs went for 77 yards, which averages out to a career low average of 9.6 yards. Two of them, however, were caught for touchdowns, so that is one bright spot in his 2012 stat line.
Driver has had a damn fine career as a Green Bay lifer, and even an avid Vikings fan has to admit he is a class act, but the truth is that he hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since 2009 and it seems highly unlikely that his regression will be reversing anytime soon.
Heck, I’m not even convinced that the 29 year old Greg Jennings would be the smartest use of resources for the Vikings, but it would certainly make more sense to me than a run at Driver.