|2012 preview: Vincent Jackson got $55.5 million over five years from Tampa Bay. |
Pierre Garcon got $42.5 million over five years to go to Washington.
Marques Colston got $40 million over five years to stay in New Orleans.
Laurent Robinson, who wasn’t even a one-year wonder for Dallas, got $32.5 million to go to Jacksonville.
Given those outrageous numbers thrown around during free agency this offseason, how much might Greg Jennings earn if he reaches the free-agent market after this season?
Jennings, despite missing the final three regular-season games, caught 67 passes for 949 yards and eight touchdowns. One of the game’s great deep threats, Jennings leads the NFL with 58 catches of 25-plus yards over the last five seasons. Over the last three seasons, he’s fourth with 3,800 yards. Had he not sat out those three games, he might have been No. 1 on that list, which is topped by Calvin Johnson (4,002).
Jennings, who turns 29 on Sept. 21, is tied for sixth in franchise history with 49 touchdown catches, is seventh with 389 catches and eighth with 6,171 receiving yards. With a decent season of 70 catches, 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns, Jennings would move to fourth in touchdowns and fifth in receptions and yards.
2011 preview: Greg Jennings is the sure thing of the receiver group, a player whose total skill-set is so much more than his individual parts. Somehow for a player who lacks elite height and speed, he is statistically the NFL’s most prolific deep threat. He tore up the league after tight end Jermichael Finley’s season-ending knee injury, and in the Packers’ six-game dash to the championship, he recorded 142 yards against the Giants, 97 yards against the Bears, 101 yards against the Falcons, 130 yards against the Bears and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl against the Steelers.
After Jermichael Finley went down early in Week 5, Jennings led all NFL receivers with 98.4 yards per game en route to his best season of 76 catches, 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. Occasional lapses in concentration have proven costly, but when Jennings is locked in — like during the Super Bowl — he’s been incredible. He’s not the biggest and he’s not the fastest but he’s a brilliant route-runner and one of the league’s elite deep threats. In fact, his 56 catches of 25-plus yards in five seasons is No. 1 in the league. Of those, he ranked third last season with 16 grabs of 25-plus yards.
2010 preview: Once Driver is gone, is Jennings big enough, fast enough and strong enough to remain a big-play machine without a proven sidekick to make defenses pay for double-team coverage?
Jennings’ 68 receptions for 1,113 yards and four touchdowns were well off his 2008 production (80, 1,292, nine), but he was the Packers’ best player in the wild-card loss at Arizona. His eight receptions covered 130 yards and included four gains of 20-plus yards. He made two memorable plays, with his stumbling 35-yard catch-and-run setting up his sublime one-handed touchdown catch. He also made a nifty 22-yard catch at the sideline.