No professional team likes to be without one of their best players; however, if you’re the Green Bay Packers you play better without your stars. The Packers have been without WR Greg Jennings for most of the year as he continues to suffer from a nagging groin injury.
As the injury continues to nag Jennings’ recovery time, the two-time Pro Bowler has decided to have surgery to repair his groin in hopes that he can return later in the season and play 100 percent healthy. The question is what does this injury mean for the Green Bay offense, and Jennings’s future in Green Bay?
Jennings is set to become a free agent at season’s end and will be looking for No.1 wide receiver money. However, it appears since he has only played in six of the last nine games for the Packers, including the devastating home playoff loss last season to the Giants, teams will not be willing to give Jennings the money he is looking for if he continues to prove he cannot stay healthy.
That’s where this story becomes good news for the Green Bay Packers in terms of Jennings’s future in Green Bay. The Packers have a number of superstars to sign such as Clay Matthews, B.J Raji, James Jones, Morgan Burnett and Ryan Pickett who are set to become free agents in 2014.
So with little money to be spared Jennings’s way, it looked like Ted Thompson was gearing up to let Jennings walk, especially with the development of Randall Cobb and the keeping of Jarrett Boykin. However, now it appears that thanks to Jennings’s injury, that the Packers may have about a 50/50 chance at re-signing Jennings this offseason.
There is no doubt that the Packers offense is better with Jennings on the field. He has the best ability to get open out of any receiver on the team. He is also a very good target in the middle of the field for defenses that try to take away James Jones and Jordy Nelson on the outside.
There really is no predicting what Thompson will do with Jennings. Typically he doesn’t like to dish out money to specialty positions such as wide receiver. He has developed many good wide receivers and the team is very deep at that position even without Jennings. However, I do see Jennings being one of those few instances in which Thompson dishes out the money to keep a superstar.
We will find out the future of Jennings at the end of the season, but here is to a quick and speedy recovery Greg!