Greg Jennings has agreed to a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the latest Green Bay Packer to head across the border and join their bitter NFC North rivals.
The contract has a maximum value of $47.5 million, with $18 million guaranteed. The contract is worth a minimum of $27 million over the first three years, and could be as much as $28.5 million over the first three years if he goes to the Pro Bowl.
The 29-year-old Jennings played in only eight games for the Packers in 2012, plus two in the playoffs, because of a torn lower abdominal muscle and finished with a career-low 366 yards receiving with an average of 10.2 yards per catch, also his worst NFL total. In 2011, he missed three games with a sprained left knee.
Instead of catching passes from the elite Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, Jennings will be charged with helping third-year Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder take the next step in his development. Even with the dynamic Harvin in the mix, Ponder hasn't had a true game-breaker on the perimeter in his first two seasons in the league. It's been one of the reasons coach Leslie Frazier and GM Rick Spielman have been so patient and supportive through Ponder's ups and downs. They believed he was missing that threat on the outside to make his life easier.
The Vikings no doubt will look to add more in the draft coming up next month as well, but having Jennings in the fold gives the group instant credibility and an accomplished veteran that can serve as a mentor to the younger players in the group.