It's not the first time well-known players have crossed the state lines between Wisconsin and Minnesota, and it's one of the reasons this rivalry in the upper Midwest burns so deep among fans. Kevin Seifert, who runs ESPN's NFC North blog, has a good post up detailing the history of Packers turning into Vikings and Minnesota's attempts at wooing free agents out of Green Bay.
The Packers' brass likely won't break the bank to bring back the 30-year-old Jennings, who missed eight games last season due to various injuries and played in 13 games in 2011 before spraining his MCL, an injury that sidelined him until the postseason. In 2012 he caught 36 balls for 366 yards and four touchdowns.
Minnesota, however, was receiver-starved in 2012 and certainly has its No. 1 wideout slot open after the trade of Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week. The Vikings could possibly woo Jennings with a bigger offer and increased role in the offense. On the other hand, the Vikings don't have quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receivers Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb sharing the load.
The potential situation he'll join next season should play a factor for Jennings and, as Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Wednesday, contracts inked by other receivers like Wes Welker and Danny Amendola, along with the notion that there hasn't been a ton of reported interest in Jennings thus far, suggests he may have to come down from his initial contract wishes. Whether this could benefit his former team or the one he's set to visit today is unclear, but it adds another wrinkle to an already-fierce rivalry.