Rumors are swirling that the Green Bay Packers might do the unthinkable and use the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings. It would be an odd move considering Jennings will turn 30 during next season and the Packers already have a stable of young receivers perfectly capable of filling whatever void is left by Jennings’ eventual departure.
Committing over $10 million dollars via the franchise tag sounds like an overpay. Don’t tell that to Jennings. If he’s able to hit the open market, he will be seeking close to $12 million per season according to Pro Football Talk.
Of course, “seeking” and “getting” are two completely different things. A $12 million salary would rank third among wide receivers – behind Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald – and while Jennings can still be productive, no one will mistake him for one of the NFL’s true elite receivers.
Even before rumblings of Jennings’ contract desires were made known, the Lions were not thought to be contenders for him in free agency. The Lions have too many holes and too little money to drop even a reasonable sum on Jennings. It would be nice if that wasn’t the case, but is the reality the Lions face (once again) this offseason.
This should also put to rest any talk that Greg Jennings might come back to play in his native Michigan at a hometown discount.