Sources have confirmed that Greg Jennings has done what several other Green Bay Packers have done over the years: He left the team that drafted him and the team that he helped win a Super Bowl by signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
According to Tom Pelissaro of ESPN1500, Jennings has agreed to a five-year contract this afternoon after spending the entire day with Vikings brass.
He joined the Vikings officials, including coach Leslie Frazier, general manager Rick Spielman and defensive end Jared Allen for dinner Thursday night and then spent the entire day with officials at the Vikings facility.
According to Pelissero, the deal was finalized about 6 p.m.
The exact numbers for Jennings’ deal have yet to be released, but most expect them to be anywhere from $7- $9 million. When he entered the free agency period, Jennings was said to be asking for $11-$14 million, but the soft market and signings by players such as Wes Welker for $6 million per year probably brought Jennings’ asking price down.
It was rumored that the Packers were making a hard push to re-sign the player they drafted in the second round out of Western Michigan in 2006. Jennings was a fan favorite in Green Bay, catching 425 receptions for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns the past seven years. Though he has been injured the past two years, he was still considered a top receiver in this year’s free agent market.
There was no comment yet from the Packers organization.