Ex-Packers wideout Greg Jennings joins Vikings
Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Wide receiver Greg Jennings has signed a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings after seven seasons with its NFC North division-rival Green Bay Packers.
There is uncertainty in the Vikings offense hinging on unproven quarterback Christian Ponder after the team traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks. But the Vikings could get mileage from Adrian Peterson, who ran for more than 2,000 yards and figures to only be healthier this upcoming season. The team also signed Matt Cassel.
Jennings admitted he watched film of Ponder before talking to the Vikings.
“I had to see what I was getting myself into. But he’s a very athletic quarterback with a big upside. How much better he gets depends on him. You could see on film he didn’t have a lot of options to throw to,” Jennings said of Ponder.
Jennings noted that he didn’t achieve success alone and had gotten help from Bret Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
“We’re all here to help each other,” he emphasized.
He added that he hopes to take some of the pressure off Adrian Peterson and the offense.
“It was time for a change, but I wanted to go to a team where the window was opening up, not closing. The Vikings kind of snuck up on people last year — they snuck up even on the Packers — with 10 wins. Hopefully, next season we can get 11, 12, 13 wins,” said Jennings.
Jennings had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2008-10 in Green Bay and would’ve had another in 2011 if he hadn’t missed three games due to injury. Jennings was banged up once again last season and played in just eight games.