Count Packers receiver James Jones among those who are surprised receiver Greg Jennings is still on the market.
Of course that could change today because Jennings is in Minnesota meeting with the Vikings. But it is the first free-agent visit for two-time Pro Bowler.
“I am surprised he is not getting a lot of the attention he should be getting because he is one of the best,” Jones said on NFL Total Access, an NFL Network show. “But we will be prepared if he decides to go elsewhere.”
Jones said he is preparing himself to be the Packers’ No. 1 receiver this season in case Jennings leaves.
“We still have a lot of great weapons left in Green Bay — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, and we always have our quarterback, Aaron Rodgers,” Jones said on the show. “Hopefully we don’t lose a guy like Greg, one of the best receivers in the game.”
Like Jennings, Jones found the free-agent market relatively soft two years ago. He ended up re-signing with the Packers.
What hasn’t surprised Jones is the Packers’ lack of activity in free agency. They had talks with running back Steven Jackson but did not come up with a financial package attractive enough to keep the former Rams standout from signing with the Falcons yesterday.
“I am not surprised at all,” Jones said. “(General manager) Ted Thompson and (coach) Mike McCarthy do a great job of drafting guys and developing guys. They believe in that. They believe that is how you build a team. Not surprised at all that they aren’t jumping on the big-time free agents. We believe in them. They know what they’re doing. They built the Super Bowl team, so you have to believe in them.”