You know, I used to think the Green Bay Packers had this great, wonderful organization. Now that they’ve allowed their top WR for years to defect to the enemy camp within the division, the Minnesota Vikings, well it makes me wonder a little.
Sure, they can’t control where free agents wind up, but if that’s the case they could have traded him last season and gotten SOMETHING for him while making sure he didn’t land within the division. As it turned out, they did neither.
On the other hand, Jennings is in Minnesota to replace departed Percy Harvin who left for Seattle. From Minnesota’s perspective, they’re getting an upgrade. Harvin had a breakout season last year but has been a cancer to the organization with his grumbling, the migraine headaches, and durability issues.
Harvin’s the more versatile player by far. He can play from either the slot or from the backfield or even split wide on the edge despite his lack of prototype size. He’s too quick to consistently re-route, and he is an accomplished kick and punt returner. Jennings is the prototype wide receiver “only” type of player, but he’s a true #1 go-to receiver. The question now is how well QB Christian Ponder can get him the ball and how he matures. He has the NFL’s greatest star running back behind him and a top-five pick in Matt Kalil at left tackle. With any sort of threat at all opposite Jennings, Ponder should put up or shut up this season.
Jennings’ contract is 5 years and $47 million contract, $18 million of which is guaranteed.
The story on Elvis Dumervil is a bizarre one. Two different stories are coming out between the Broncos’ organization and Dumervil and his agent. What’s clear is he’s currently a UFA because his contract expired.
He said/they said. What appears to be true is that Denver made some last-minute changes/mistakes in some of the wording and figures of the contract, which was “faxed over” to the Dumervil camp. Dumervil’s agent then let the Broncos know they didn’t accept these terms and to fix the errors. Long story short, it didn’t get “fixed” by the deadline and Dumervil became a “paperwork casualty” and as a result, was released.
This just smells. I’ve never heard of anything like this happening and if Dumervil isn’t a Bronco next season I’ll have lost respect for them. If that’s the case, they’ll have been telling him one thing while planning a completely different path, and that’s just wrong. I do know they wanted him to take a pay cut and he refused, but if that’s the issue it should be openly discussed and negotiated by the two parties the same as other ADULTS do in every contract.
Keep your eyes peeled and ears open on this one. It could get uglier before it gets better.