A Violent Femme’s View – It’s His Life
It became increasingly apparent over the past year that the Packers were ready to move on without talented wide receiver Greg Jennings. The very talent that Jennings has long displayed for the team was one of the reasons. He was going to be too expensive in an era where both QB1 and Clay Matthews needed to have their contracts extended. Jennings’ market value was high at the beginning of the season and both he and the Packers knew it.
The season itself was disappointing. I’ve always enjoyed Jennings’ play, his personality and professionalism. He continued to exhibit the last two, but due to an injury that took far longer to heal than any of us wanted (him included, I’m sure) his play was interrupted. He looked good at the end of the season, but missing all those games had to have hurt his market value, I thought.
Now, it’s starting to look like I was really right. No team until yesterday expressed any interest in Jennings, including the Packers. Of course, there are 12 million reasons the Packers aren’t interested in him – he still wants too much money. Of course, our neighbors to the west, the
Packers wannabes Vikings as usual seem to want our sloppy seconds.
When Jennings made two comments on Twitter, ‘Hmmmmmm…’ and ‘Interesting…’, you would have thought Brett Favre redux was showing up on my timeline. The amount of emotion, vitriol and plain old nastiness that was shown was remarkable. Lord knows we are an emotional fanbase (some of us more so than others, I say proudly), but this seemed excessive. Especially when, for instance, compared to the beat down on his sister when she shot her mouth off during the season, which I felt was warranted.
Here’s the thing, kids. Greg Jennings is a professional football player looking at (perhaps) fewer playing years in front of him than what is behind him. His previous employer is not willing to compensate him at the level he has reason to believe he deserves (and after seeing Erik Walden’s contract, I think GJ’s got a point, because owners are smoking crack) and he wants to work. Fair enough. Would I like him to remain a Packer? Of course. His talent is undeniable, and when healthy he adds another formidable weapon to Aaron Rodgers’ arsenal. But in all likelihood, he’s not coming back, and in all likelihood he’ll wear purple next season.
Sometimes it’s a good thing to part ways with a veteran. From both a team perspective and a player perspective. Look at old what’s his face….that worked out great for the Packers, if not for #4 himself (as far as sticking it to Ted, for sure). Charles Woodson is an example of a win-win situation. He was thought to be washed up when the Packers wisely signed him, and during his years here he excelled and helped in a very large part to create the successful Super Bowl team in 2010.
Let’s calm down. Let’s not call him a traitor, ungrateful, or any of the other silly things I’ve seen people say. If he comes into Lambeau as a Viking next year, cheer for him to lose, but don’t boo him for moving on.
It’s his life.