2013 NFL free agents: Greg Jennings seeks top dollar


The Packers are letting one of their top receivers walk rather than pay big bucks to keep him around. Will Jennings find the kind of deal he's looking for elsewhere?

You could argue that Aaron Rodgers has made Greg Jennings one of the best receivers in the NFL. Now it's about time Jennings shows what he can do without Rodgers throwing him the ball.

Jennings is one of the top receivers available on this year's free agent market. Jennings has spent all seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, but it's unclear if he'll be back with the team in 2013.

Jennings spent his first two NFL seasons in the shadow of veteran Donald Driver, but Jennings broke out in 2008 and became the team's leading receiver. His sophomore season wasn't bad by any means -- he had 920 yards and 12 touchdowns -- but Driver was still the main option on the offense.

But in 2008, his third year in the league, Jennings caught 80 passes for 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 80.8 yards per game, the best mark of his career.

Since then, Jennings has been a consistent star in the Packers' offense. From 2008 through 2010, Jennings averaged 1,223 receiving yards and eight touchdowns per season. Despite the consistency, Jennings didn't earn his first Pro Bowl nomination until 2010. In that season he caught 76 passes for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns, which tied a career high.

However, the last two years haven't been as good for Jennings. In 2011 he played in just 13 games, catching 67 passes for 949 yards and nine touchdowns.

In 2012 his value really diminished. Jennings played in just eight games, starting five, and catching 36 passes for 366 yards. He finished the year with four touchdowns. However, he finished the regular season on a high note, catching eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. In two playoff games he caught 10 passes for 115 yards and a score.

Jennings is said to be seeking $12 million per year in free agency. That's a stretch considering that Dwayne Bowe just signed a five-year, $56 million deal to stay in Kansas City. Nevertheless, with so many teams needing receivers and the market so thin, Jennings just might be in a line for a deal worth $10 million a season or even something close to Bowe's.

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