On Tuesday, we heard that wide receiver Greg Jennings was thinking about the possibility that 2012 is his swan song with the Packers.
His quarterback has read the same writing on the same wall. Aaron Rodgers took a little walk down memory during a radio interview when he was asked about Jennings, before moving on to address the chances that this is the last year he’ll be throwing passes to Jennings.
“I think you have to be realistic about it and think that it might be. I have loved my time with Greg, Greg and I are going to be buddies whether he’s here or not,” Rodgers said, via ESPNWisconsin.com. “It’s been great throwing to him, but there’s a lot of guys who may or may not get paid the next few years, and obviously with Jordy (Nelson) and his contract situation, I think you have to think about whether or not there’s room for all of us. If there’s not, obviously you wish Greg the best. He’s a great guy and will be a great friend.”
Rodgers’ own contract situation is going to wind up impacting any decision on Jennings. He’s signed through next season, when he’ll make $10.5 million, and Drew Brees’ extension has recalibrated the playing field for Rodgers on the contract front. Barring a devastating injury or an unforeseeable total fallout with the Packers front office, Rodgers is going to get a massive deal in the next couple of years and it will take some creativity to fit a big new deal for Jennings (and linebacker Clay Matthews) comfortably under the cap as well.