In fact, the Packers said nothing about Jenkins. While he was criss-crossing the nation and visiting teams that showed an interest, the Packers did nothing. They didn’t reach out and didn’t invite him for a visit – even though Jenkins said he would be open to coming back to Wisconsin.
It didn’t happen … and for a reason. While the Packers brought former New York Giant Chris Canty into town last Thursday, they didn’t offer him a contract … and I think that was also for good reason. You see, Ted Thompson doesn’t do anything without a plan. His plan was to allow the 32-year-old Jenkins to set the bar, which he did today by agreeing with the Giants on a three-year, $8 million contract with $3 million of it guaranteed. If the Giants are lucky, they will get a year out of Jenkins, maybe two.
In the meantime, Thompson was watching from afar, thinking about what his next move will be, whether he will have the funds to sign Canty and whether he’s the answer to the Packers defensive line issues. He’s also considering whether they can address that hole through the draft or another free agent.
Either way, it was pretty clear that the Packers did not want Jenkins or they would have made a move for his services. The next step will be played out within the next couple of days. If Canty signs elsewhere, Thompson didn’t see him as the answer and it will probably mean that the Packers will address the defensive line need through the draft.
Stay tuned …