Greg Jennings pulls a Favre, defects to rival
Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings shocked Packer Nation late Friday night with news that he had signed a 5-year deal with hated rival Minnesota worth up to $50 million with incentives.
Speculation abounds as to why Jennings, a man who spent his entire 7-year career thus far with the Packers and by all accounts loved it there, would leave for a rival, especially when contract terms were reportedly similar. Green Bay was said to have also offered him a contract paying about $10 million/year only for a shorter term (3 years, $30 million). Was it simply the extra two years that sent him to Minnesota or was it something else?
If it was something else, it’s hard to imagine what. Over the years, Jennings and QB Aaron Rodgers became good friends, Rodgers often saying Jennings was the guy he could always count on to get open in the clutch or bail Rodgers out of trouble. Jennings for his part knew what he had in MVP Aaron Rodgers, mentioning in a couple different interviews how fortunate and blessed he was to play with two of the greatest QBs of all time in Rodgers and Favre.
However, unlike when Brett Favre vacated to Viking-ville via a vindictive and vexingly villainous vendetta, there is no known acrimony between Jennings and anyone with the Packers. He was well-liked by everyone, and by all accounts it was reciprocal. So why leave the green and gold glory of Green Bay for purpler pastures?
Perhaps, partly it was actually having the best QB in the league throwing him the ball and one of the best WR corps along side him in Green Bay that made him want to leave and start anew. Maybe the challenge of being the clear-cut #1 WR in Minnesota instead of #1A or #1B or even #1C on a team inundated with talented WRs was what appealed to him. As strange as it sounds, maybe even having a mediocre-at-best QB throwing him the ball instead of an MVP is also what drew him, in that he can do a lot more to help his QB there and finally be the focal point and harbinger of change to a pass-inept team. In short, maybe Jennings just felt more NEEDED in Minnesota.
But that of course is just speculation. Nobody knows for sure all the reasons except for Greg Jennings. But one thing as Packer fans that we do know is Greg Jennings – as a person and a player – will be greatly missed here in Titletown.
Just don’t expect us to root for him.