The Vikings have a new No. 1 receiver — and they are taking him from a division rival.
Jennings was No. 4 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100. The 29-year-old receiver caught 36 passes for 366 yards and four TDs in 2012. He has missed 11 games with injuries in the last two seasons but exceeded 1,100 yards receiving in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Jennings gives Minnesota a go-to target — something the team was lacking after Percy Harvin was dealt earlier this week. Jennings’ arrival figures to be well-received by third-year quarterback Christian Ponder, who’s had an up-and-down start to his NFL career and now has a high-priced backup in Matt Cassel. Last week, Jennings told USA Today that QB play was a decision-making factor in his free-agent process.
The Packers-Vikings rivalry always creates strong feelings, and Jennings’ move to Minnesota adds another element of excitement and intrigue to two already entertaining regular-season games. How he will be received in Lambeau Field next season will be interesting.
Jennings’ agreement with Minnesota leaves Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long as the top unsigned free agent in PFT’s rankings.