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Anyone that's followed the site here for any length of time knows that one of my favorite people of all time to crib quotes from is renowned WWF/E announcer Jim Ross. Well, to steal another of good ol' J.R.'s classics. . .
It appears that business is fixin' to pick up in the Twin Cities.
KFAN-FM in Minneapolis and ESPN's Adam Schefter are reporting that free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings. . .yes, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. . .will be in town to visit with the Minnesota Vikings today.
After the initial craziness of the first 48 hours of free agency, things have quieted down significantly. . .especiallly in the wide receiver market, and particularly for "slot" receivers, which is what Jennings figures to be. Yesterday, former New England Patriots' receiver Wes Welker, perhaps the best slot receiver of all-time, signed a 2-year, $12 million deal with the Denver Broncos. Not to be outdone, the Patriots turned around and signed former St. Louis Rams wideout Danny Amendola. . .another slot receiver. . .to a five-year, $31 million deal.
Both of those deals come out to around $6 million a year. . .a far cry from what Jennings was reportedly asking for at the start of free agency, and an even farther cry from the five-year, $65 million deal that the Miami Dolphins signed former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace to within the first hour of free agency.
Jennings is apparently torn between the Vikings and the Packers when it comes to his team decision. The money is likely going to be the same in either location, or close to it, but it's a no-brainer that Jennings would go to the top of the depth chart at wide receiver here in Minnesota, but would be (most likely) the #4 guy in Green Bay behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones.
Jennings also took a little flak this past season for saying that he hoped Adrian Peterson would break the single-season rushing record. . .going into the regular season finale between the Packers and the Vikings at the Metrodome, when Peterson needed 208 yards to pass Eric Dickerson's record.
So, after a couple days of not a whole lot happening, the Minnesota Vikings might be making a little noise in the free agent market today. Greg Jennings is coming to Minnesota. . .will he leave with a new purple and gold contract? We're just going to have to wait and see.