The Vikings, ever so desperate for a skilled wide receiver following the trade of Percy Harvin, have their man. Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings signed with Green Bay's NFC North rival on Friday. Jennings signed a five-year contract with Minnesota that will last through his age-34 season.
Jennings played in every game from 2008-10 and was one of the league's most productive wideouts. But he has battled injuries in recent years. He was limited to just eight games last season due to a groin injury that became a abdominal tear that became a sports hernia. He caught 36 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns.
Update: According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Jennings' five-year contract has a $45 million total base salary and could earn him as much as $47.5 million. He gets $18 million guaranteed.
The fantasy take on this one is pretty straightforward. Jennings, entering his age-30 season, isn't quite the same player he used to be, but he is still worlds better than someone such as Jerome Simpson . Thus, this signing is good news for Christian Ponder as he tries to turn into that franchise quarterback the Vikings need him to be.
It's also good news for Adrian Peterson . Sure, he could probably put up 130 on the ground with 10 men in the box, but Jennings will draw his fair share of defensive attention, freeing up space for the reigning MVP.
But the Greg Jennings signing is not good for Greg Jennings, at least in terms of fantasy value. In case you haven't heard, he isn't quite the same player he used to be, and he's entering his 30s. What will hurt the most is the transition from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Ponder. That'll hurt any wide receiver's value. I think you will see Jennings put up good numbers as a Viking, but nothing outstanding. I would draft him as a high-end WR3. With Ponder behind center, inconsistent results should be expected from all receivers.
Jennings is a notable loss for the Packers, but they were prepared for it. They should be just fine moving forward with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones.