NFL off-season: Green Bay Packers could franchise tag Greg Jennings as Miami not keen
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 25/02/13 7:46pm
Greg Jennings: Complicated off-season situation
It seemed a done deal that Greg Jennings would leave the Packers and join the Miami this off-season, but the waters have been muddied by Green Bay now considering using the franchise tag to keep him, plus the Dolphins now more interested in Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace.
There are some decent wide receivers about to hit the free agency market next month, and Jennings is one of those who looked certain to depart Lambeau Field after an injury-hit campaign last season.
Former Packers coach Joe Philbin is now in charge of Miami and their relationship made it a natural fit for Jennings to head to South Beach to continue his career, but now reports say Philbin is unsure Jennings is a true number one receiver.
In a situation with many moving parts, the fact Jennings wants to be paid as a top receiver, with his wish being an unrealistic $12m annually, is one big sticking point - especially after an injury-hit season.
The future of tight end Jermichael Finley is also another factor, as his salary cap number for next season is the second highest on the team at $8.75m and the Packers are undecided on whether to pay him that money given his limited production.
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If Finley is cut loose, it would make it more likely the Packers would then splash out the $10.36m, which they are thought to be 50-50 on at the moment, but again the situation is anything but clear cut given the team's limited salary cap.
They also need to get extensions sorted for stars Aaron Rodgers and Clay Mathews, so Jennings would be less of a priority.
If Ted Thompson was hoping to sign Jennings up and then trade him away, clubs would then try and call his bluff knowing the packers are tight on cap space, so the two-time Pro Bowler would continue to be in a state of limbo even if he hangs around in Wisconsin.
Jennings would surely attract a lot of attention in free agency after performing well during his six years with the Packers, but after last year he may have to lower his expectations salary-wise if he ends up on the open market.
The Packers also have young Randall Cobb who stepped up brilliantly in Jennings' absence last season, as did James Jones who finally found some consistency this year and took some great catches - while Jordy Nelson continues to lead the line out wide.
29-year-old Jennings will provide one of the biggest free agent storylines around the NFL this off-season, especially now his situation seems to have become much more complicated than it first appeared.