Thursday, March 14, 2013

Greg Jennings Visits The Vikings and Steven Jackson Rumors

Since the Green Bay Packers aren't into free agency, I hadn't been looking at the free agent class all that closely, but there have been some good signings mixed in with the awful LB Erik Walden type ones.

The Colts are still going a little crazy for injury prone players like S LaRon Landry and RT Gosder Cherlius, but the Seahawks signing of DE Cliff Avril, the Lions signing of RB Reggie Bush, the Bears signing of LT Jermod Bushrod, and the Broncos signing of DT Terrance Knighton were all good, if not earth shattering moves. Even WR Wes Welker to the Broncos for $6 million per season looks like a slight discount.

While most of the remaining high profile free agents are either getting older or injury prone, there are still a couple of really good ones available, like Buccaneers DE Michael Bennett. I don't know what Bennett's asking for but I'm sure it's too rich for GM Ted Thompson and he's probably not a good fit for the Packers' 3-4 scheme. WR Greg Jennings, who is coming off two injury shortened seasons himself, is looking like one of the top remaining free agents available.
It would suck to see Jennings wearing purple, but the Vikings have a major need at wide receiver and might be willing to overpay, though that seems a little less likely after they decided not to pay up for WR Percy Harvin.

If there is a silver lining here, it's that buried at the end of this article by the Journal-Sentinel. The Packers appear to be actively working in free agency, but they "are waiting on free agents" and don't want to overpay. It was reported, before being deleted, that the Packers had agreed to terms with RB Steven Jackson. I don't expect them to find a free agent who will be a long-term solution at any position, but they might surprise with a player or two that could play a valuable role (like Jackson) for a couple seasons.

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