Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings hasn’t done a lot of pass-catching in the early going of this 2013 season with the Vikings. Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports photograph
Dear Greg Jennings,
It has been … well, it’s been months since news broke that you had signed a 5-year, $45 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. I can remember hearing all the talk about it, but — I never actually believed you would go. I heard your interviews, asking Joe Philbin in Miami to keep you in mind, talking about “all good things must come to an end.” You knew all along that the Green Bay Packers were never going to be able to afford you, moving forward.
Well, I should say … would never agree to pay you what you think you deserved. $9 million a year — that’s a lot, Greg. What if every receiver wanted $9 million a year. James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley … the Packers would be taking out a loan to lock up their wide receivers. But the Packers didn’t want to give you that. They slighted you, didn’t they? How DARE they offer you a measly … $8 million a year. Oh wait, that’s not much of a difference. I mean, small price to pay to keep donning the Green and Gold.
A.J Hawk took a pay cut to remain a Packer.
Greg Jennings always looked better in Green and Gold than in purple. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph
You obviously didn’t think that $1 million a year was worth your seven-year Packers legacy, worth your fan base, worth your rapport with the best QB in the league. I guess it wasn’t worth staying an integral part of the league’s best offense, worth all the Lambeau leaps, worth all the bicycle rides to training camp.
Think of all the 85 jerseys that have to be burned now, Greg. That is just wasteful.
If signing with the enemy wasn’t bad enough – then came the off-handed remarks and the daggers thrown at Aaron Rodgers and the Packers organization that fed you, your family and your stats for seven years. You said that Rodgers was lacking in leadership ability; you said that he was a “golden child” who was told he was perfect for far too long and couldn’t recognize his own flaws. You said you questioned his leadership because he wouldn’t take the blame for … receivers running the wrong route? He held everyone accountable for their own actions, and that is what bothered you? Hmmm …
I am seeing a pattern here. The Vikings pick up all the divas – Brett Favre set the precedent and you just thought you’d follow suit.
I’ve got a question for you, however. It’s pretty important:
You miss us yet?
I was just wondering because of how you have had Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman tossing the rock to you in the past six contests. Never once have you gone over 100 yards receiving in a game this season. Matt Cassel handed you your only two touchdowns as a Viking. These can’t be the stats you were looking for.
Besides, things will clear up, right? You are elite. Elite receivers make the QB, not the other way around. Oh wait. No, no I think that’s backwards. Brett Favre got your career rollin’ and Aaron Rodgers put you through the roof. You should be sending half your game checks to those two guys, because without them … you wouldn’t have secured the lucrative deal you did this free agency. Minnesota wouldn’t have even known your name.
Through SIX contests with “such an amazing organization” who doesn’t “brainwash you” or overshadow you with a “QB lacking leadership” — you have caught 24 balls for 327 yards, 70 of them coming on one play. You are the reception/scoring leader. Way. To. Go.
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph
Meanwhile, in Robot Land, in FIVE games, Jordy Nelson has 32 catches for 526 yards and 5 touchdowns. In FOUR, James Jones has 20 catches for 350 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Randall Cobb is working with 29 receptions, 378 yards and 2 touchdowns. That’s a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns that you could have been apart of. Aaron Rodgers is just … you know … doing what Aaron Rodgers does, putting up stats and tossing touchdowns. You’ve missed a lot of potential Lambeau leaps.
I watched Monday night’s showdown with the Giants. Everyone saw that look of disgust in your eyes on the field and on the sideline. Overthrow after overthrow.
Frustrating isn’t it?
Whenever you are ready – just let us know the exact moment it was you realized you made a humongous mistake. I’m guessing it was somewhere between signing the contract and putting the pen down.
See you Sunday night.
PS: You look absolutely ridiculous in purple.