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Greg Jennings doesn’t expect to return to Packers in 2013

Greg Jennings, Isa Abdul-Quddus AP

Coming into the season, Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings knew that this could be his last year with the team.

Nothing in the last three months has shaken him of that notion and has left him feeling like he’s playing his final games as a Packer. While on a podcast with Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel of the NFL Network, Jennings said that he expects to be plying his trade for another team in 2013 and beyond.

“I’m gonna lean to the ‘no’ side of it,” Jennings said. “That’s my educated guess, my personal educated guess.”

Jennings said that if the choice was only up to him, he would remain with the Packers for another season. The Packers have a lot of extensions to take care of in the coming years, though, and they’ve seen Randall Cobb and James Jones step up to play major roles in the passing game while Jennings has been injured this season.

That’s led plenty of other people to make the same guess as Jennings about where he’ll be playing come next season.

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39 Responses to “Greg Jennings doesn’t expect to return to Packers in 2013”
  1. hifive123 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:21 PM

    Expect Reggie McKenzie to recruit him to Oakland.

  2. apooster says: Dec 18, 2012 2:22 PM

    Bring in Jennings, trade for Fitzgerald (longshot, but a guy can dream), and bring in Alex Smith to replace noodle arm Ponder and the Vikes will have an offense again!

  3. navybrat1972 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:22 PM

    Please come to the Bears, Jennings. Please. We NEED another receiver other than Marshall.

  4. johngaltwho says: Dec 18, 2012 2:26 PM

    If they can afford him, they should keep him but as we’ve seen before, its a business and the Packers have needs on the O-line, D-line, and probably a new kicker.

  5. finsphan says: Dec 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    Miami. philbin, dolphins need a number 1, Jennings best years were with philbin. good fit. bring Finley with you too

  6. shlort says: Dec 18, 2012 2:30 PM

    I dont know if it is the injury or the game plan, but Greg doesnt seem like he is getting open as much these days.

    Greg should still have it, but I wonder if his play is indicitive of his desire to remain a Packer. The Packers have great depth at the WR position, and it might just be “odd man out” while being able to build a team. No doubt that Ted Thompson will make the right move, whatever that may be.

    Either way, Greg will be great wherever he plays. He is a good dude.

  7. twonis says: Dec 18, 2012 2:33 PM

    Lifelong Packer fan here-

    Greg, I love ya and I wish you the best on all your future endeavors (as long as it is not as a Viking or Bear).

    Jennings can command big money on the open market and the Pack simply doesn’t need to spend it to keep competitive with their receiving core. Jones and Nelson both have Pro-Bowl level potential. Cobb is right there with Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin, and Wes Welker as an example of the emerging slot threat that will no doubt be a facet of every NFL team within a few years. The Pack have proven that they can draft and develop receivers to become NFL elite level players.

    Take care of Rodgers and Matthews and go buy some linemen (O and D). The Jennings and Finley money should go a long way to cover that.

  8. shlort says: Dec 18, 2012 2:34 PM

    Cristsmas wishes? LOL Greg Jennings will go where he can be the number one guy. He wont sign with a team that wants him to be the number 2 guy. He wont play behind Marshall in Chicago. He wont play behind Johnson in Detroit. He wont play behind Harvin in Minnesota (not to mention the Vikings problems at the QB position).

    If Greg doesnt play in Green Bay, he will likely sign with a team that employs the same type of offensive scheme that has made Greg successful up to this point in his career. Look for him to land in the AFC. I am thinking New England.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Dec 18, 2012 2:38 PM

    He probably won’t be back, they have him replaced, and guys Mathews and Raji will be getting paid (hopefully), are also more difficult to place than Jennings.

  10. thesportsguy52 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:43 PM

    Cue the 2 dozen teams’ fans lobbying for a new WR…

  11. lambeauleaper says: Dec 18, 2012 2:44 PM

    Jennings has been great for the organization, no doubt about it. That said, Rodgers makes all the WRs around him that much better. As long as he’s still around, the Packers will continue to produce great WRs, meaning that the departure of Jennings won’t be the end of the world.

    Personally, I’d love to see him stay, but either way, the Pack will be just fine.

  12. mvp43 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:45 PM

    Packers need to re-sign CM3 & A-Rodge…..those 2 are the priority. In order to do that guys like Jennings and Finley will be gone.

    I like Jennings but he just can’t stay on the field and Finley is….you know, Finley.

  13. elgaffo says: Dec 18, 2012 2:46 PM

    Hope they can work it out, but you cant fault the Packers for having too many quality receivers.

  14. acmepacker says: Dec 18, 2012 2:50 PM

    I hate to see Jennings go but I understand it. His age is starting to tell on his body plus he’s going to demand a good chunk of money, I expect. TT is high on developing players and the Pack has a group of young players waiting in the wings. There are also some serious holes in the line that need to be addressed. There are several teams that could use Jennings’ skills so he won’t have any trouble finding a home. I just hope it’s not in the North division.

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    Jennings is a good player and a team captain type personality.

    Its players like him that can build a team and show the younger players how to live like a pro..

    Jennings is the type of WR that Philly needs.
    take that bum kid DeSean and throw him in the slot and back for every P/K return.

    1-Jennings 2-Maclin 3-Avant 4-Jackson 5-Cooper.
    thats the WR core we need for Foles.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    Know what would make a nice going away present? A Super Bowl ring.

  17. JackLeone says: Dec 18, 2012 2:53 PM

    After that comment about his division rival opponent, maybe the Vikings will give him an chance…

  18. endzonepete says: Dec 18, 2012 2:55 PM

    He is a great guy and a total team player. When healthy he’s easily one of the top 5 receivers in the game, but its a big risk for any organization to take on the salary cap hit he will bring considering how injury prone he has been the last few years.

  19. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Dec 18, 2012 3:00 PM

    I expect the Vikings will make a big effort to sign him. Why not? Favre and Longwell had the best years of their careers in Minnesota despite doing very well in Green Bay.

  20. NR | ExPlanet says: Dec 18, 2012 3:03 PM

    Come to Washington and play with RG3! Garcon+Jennings = NFC East Champs for years to come!

  21. udontknowjacku says: Dec 18, 2012 3:12 PM

    Line will be short!!! Nobody wants an overpaid WR that cant stay healthy and plays 3 games a year…

  22. deltaoracle says: Dec 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    He’s a great WR and an even better person to have as one of the faces of your organization. Will always remember during the Super Bowl run when he talked about the team overcoming the loss of its #1 receiver (Driver) even though by that point Jennings had clearly established himself in that position. He’s what Thompson meant when he talked about “Packer People.” The guy is nothing but class. Won’t be able to root against him even if he plays for the Bears or Vikings. Sure wish the Pack could keep him.

  23. golforepar says: Dec 18, 2012 4:05 PM

    Jennings thinks he is going to get a huge upgrade over his $27 million 3 year deal. If he gets anything close to that it’s not going to be in Green Bay.
    Trade Jennings to Miami for Cameron Wake!

  24. bucketman9 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    I like Jennings and wish he could stay with the Pack, but Rodgers and Matthews are due for some big time raises and those 2 make the offense and defense what it is.

  25. wafflestomp says: Dec 18, 2012 4:30 PM

    I like Jennings and wish he could stay with the Pack, but Rodgers and Matthews are due for some big time raises and those 2 make the offense and defense what it is.

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    Agree with all of that and Raji becomes a free agent at the end of the year.
    Green Bay simply has too many bases to cover than to lock up a reciever who’s hitting 30 as the season starts.

    I also look for Ted using a 3rd or 4th rounder on another reciever in April.

  26. onbucky96 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:32 PM

    Hate to see Greg leave. Think of the damage he could cause playing in Indy next year…FANTASY ALERT!

  27. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Dec 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    I do think he would stay with the packers if he didn’t want a lot of $. cause they really don’t need him, but there are many teams that need a #1 WR. Rams are first to come to mind, then Brown’s, Carolina, and Jags. those are the places he would be #1

  28. jimmysee says: Dec 18, 2012 5:10 PM

    He better choose a desination that has a decent QB — Seattle comes to mind.

  29. stellarperformance says: Dec 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    It’s a business and the Packers are loaded at WR. I hate to see him go but I don’t expect him, Finley, or Crosby to be around next year. They have plenty of other gaps to fill. Maybe they can get someone to compliment Matthews or some O-Line help.

  30. jakenasty33 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:03 PM

    I’m sorry guys he is coming to Oakland, I may be just a kid but do you really think Reggie is going to let him pass by? Plus he is from Green Bay and Reggie loves Green Bay players… Plus we need some veteran help.

  31. cacheesehead1237 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    The more I think about it the more important it is for GB to resign Jennings. If he leaves GB still has a great set of WRs with Jones, Nelson and Cobb. However, if one of those guys get hurt they are suddenly very weak at WR.

    With the injuries to Nelson and Jennings (and drop off of Driver) this year, the depth at WR was a huge reason the offense was able to function.

    Imagine in 2013 if the WR package is Cobb, Boykin and Ross with no Finley? Not a pretty picture.

  32. axespray says: Dec 18, 2012 6:46 PM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:
    Dec 18, 2012 3:00 PM
    “I expect the Vikings will make a big effort to sign him. Why not? Favre and Longwell had the best years of their careers in Minnesota despite doing very well in Green Bay.”
    —————————–
    So 1 fancy statistical season (against a weak lineup of teams) – followed by his worst season ….
    That’s the best years of Favre’s career?

    Cause I remember back to back Superbowl appearances – 3 consecutive MVPs – Becoming a Folk Hero – Bringing a Lombardi back to Green Bay – etc. …. but no, that doesn’t hold a candle to that time he blew out the browns.

  33. kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:40 PM

    He’s overrated. Fragile and product of the system. Someone will overpay and regret it ( jets???)

  34. pilot2011 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    I guess I’ll join the fun with the Greg Jennings would be a perfect match on my team game we seem to be playing.

    Ok guys, picture this: Steve Smith and Greg Jennings; with that backfield and Newton tossing the ball…..

    mind blown

  35. beerbratscheese says: Dec 18, 2012 9:48 PM

    cacheesehead1237 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    Imagine in 2013 if the WR package is Cobb, Boykin and Ross with no Finley? Not a pretty picture.
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    Let’s not forget about James Jones and Jordy Nelson. I think Boykin could make a good 4th WR option.

  36. asublimeday says: Dec 19, 2012 12:21 AM

    Bears, Vikings, and Lions all need a #2. Now that would be funny

  37. vikingsgohard says: Dec 19, 2012 1:01 AM

    He’ll be in minny next year…. “Not playing behind Havin” but playing beside him

  38. chi01town says: Dec 19, 2012 1:32 AM

    Thats the system in greenbay they use good players until its time to pay them then turn they backs on them. the only one greenbay will pay is Rodgers. Jennings knew this was coming and Nelson is next. NEED MORE…OK LOOK AT DRIVER RIGHT NOW

  39. brianford13 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:07 PM

    Greg Jennings will go from wearing Green & Yellow to Silver & Black #Raiders #Hope

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