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Jennings says Packers didn't make "good strong offer"

Mar. 18, 2013
 

Former Packers receiver Greg Jennings, who signed a five-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings over the weekend for an average of around $9.5 million per year, said on the Jim Rome radio show today he has no hard feelings toward the Packers.

But Jennings made it clear he didn’t think the Packers made a “good strong offer” to keep him.

“In my opinion, was it a good strong (offer)? Absolutely not. Again, that’s what they were wanting to do, but it wasn’t, no, no, no.”
Jennings said he understands the NFL is a business and doesn’t hold a grudge against the Packers.

“No not at all, no hard feelings,” said Jennings. “I spoke with Ted Thompson on the day they could have franchised me, we said that if I would move on, this came out of his mouth, if I were ever to move on, we would still be friends, and we have a good relationship. And I have a good relationship with a lot of those guys in that locker room, the coaching staff.

“I wasn’t bitter at all, there wasn’t anything I felt that they didn’t step up to the plate. I came into this business, I undertand it’s a business, you develop relationships, you can’t be sensitive, that’s one thing you can’t be in this game. I’m not sensitive by any means. It would have been great to possibly end my career in Green Bay, but I think for me, after the last couple years, especially this past year, a fresh new start is kind of what I was hoping and looking forward to. This is what I got.”

When asked why he felt he needed a fresh start, Jennings said the receiver depth in Green Bay limited any one player from being a standout.

“I understand that they have a lot of talent … and they’re going to have to showcase that talent, and we all can’t be as successful as we want to be individually with so many guys around,” said Jennings.

“You want to have individual success, you want to have overall team success, but you want to feel like you’re a part of it, and it’s hard. It would be hard for me to sit here and say, man I was in a great position, I could have thrived. And I believe this with all my heart, not one guy over there can really maximize their potential because of the depth we had.”

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