In one of the more perplexing stories coming out of the Combine this week, is the report that the Green Bay Packers could place the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings. It was already speculated that Jennings was as good as gone in Green Bay this season via free agency. The news comes from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Twitter.
“Interesting to hear the #Packers are still considering franchising Greg Jennings. Thought that ship had sailed. Apparently not,” Rapoport tweeted.
The move would cost the Packers slightly more than $10 million for next season and given the receiving talent that team already has on it’s roster, this is a puzzling suggestion. Jennings battled a groin injury last season and appeared in only 8 games. Jennings has already put his Green Bay house on the market.
This past week, beat writer Tom Pelissero tweeted that he had heard at the Combine that Jennings was seeking a contract worth $14 million per season. That’s insane money for a player which has struggled with injuries recently. Frankly, $10 million for Jennings next season on the Packers is a ridiculous amount of money. Jennings total salary would count against the Packers cap in 2013.
It is possible that the Packers use of the franchise trade could simply be a ploy to sign him and then trade him to another team in order to get something of value in return for him.
In related Packers news, reports suggest that the team is deeply divided over the future of tight end Jermichael Finley with the club. Finley will count $8.75 million towards the packers cap next season, second only to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.