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Green Bay Packers free agent receiver Greg Jennings will have his official visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, March 15. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Jennings had dinner with Vikings officials Thursday night before his deliberations at the team’s complex.
Green Bay Packers free agent receiver Greg Jennings will have his official visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, March 15.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Jennings had dinner with Vikings officials Thursday night before his deliberations at the team’s complex. The paper said Jennings had not indicated his financial demands to Minnesota as of early Thursday evening.
Earlier in the week, receivers Danny Amendola and Wes Welker each signed for around $6 million dollars a year with their new teams.
The Vikings are looking for a top receiver after Percy Harvin was traded to Seattle and Michael Jenkins was cut. Yesterday, the Vikings reportedly agreed to terms with former Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel. Early reports say he’ll be a backup to Christian Ponder.
Media reports say the Packers are now talking about a new contract with Jennings. The veteran wide-out says the quality of the quarterback will be a big factor in where he ends up.
Vikings starter Christian Ponder ranked 24th in the NFL last season with an 81.2 passer rating.
Minnesota has signed a number of players from their border-state rival over the years, including kicker Ryan Longwell, safety Darren Sharper and receiver Robert Ferguson.
Quarterback Brett Favre admitted signing with the Vikings just to agitate Packers General Manager Ted Thompson after their rough and public split in 2008.
Packers fail to get running back
The Green Bay Packers have failed to get free-agent running back Steven Jackson. He agreed to a three-year, $12 million dollar contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday.
The Packers had an interest in the 30-year-old Jackson, who has rushed for 1,000 yards in eight seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
It was apparent that the Packers couldn’t afford Jackson, as Green Bay tries to save some of its salary cap room to re-up with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
The Falcons gave Jackson $4 million in guaranteed money. He was looking to hook up with a contender after the Rams failed to make the playoffs since his rookie season there in 2004.
Crabtree generates interest
Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree is reportedly getting a lot of interest from NFL teams.
The three-year veteran is a restricted free agent without a tender offer for this year. That means if another teams makes an offer, and the Packers don’t match it, they would not get any draft choices as compensation.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says “multiple teams” have shown a significant interest in Crabtree, who was Green Bay’s best blocker last year at the tight end position.
Crabtree also had some key touchdowns that led the Packers to at least three victories – a 27-yarder off a fake field goal against Chicago, a 48-yard TD at Houston, and a 72-yard scoring scamper against Arizona.
He has four regular season touchdowns for his career, not including a scoring catch at Philadelphia in the 2010 playoffs which ended in a Super Bowl title for the Pack.
49ers talk to Woodson
Former Packers’ safety Charles Woodson met for several hours Thursday night with the San Francisco 49ers. There was no word on a contract agreement.
The 49ers are scrambling to replace All-Pro Dashon Goldson, who signed a free agent deal with Tampa Bay Thursday.
Woodson, an eight-time Pro Bowler, was cut by the Packers last month. The move cut about $10 million off Green Bay’s salary cap.
Some Green Bay Packers are getting some extra money from the NFL this week. Twelve players are getting over $100,000 each as part of the league’s performance-based pay program.
Each team was allocated almost $3.5 million to reward players who performed well beyond what their salaries would indicate.
Left tackle Marshall Newhouse got the largest bonus check at just over $214,000. He played all 1,103 snaps for the Packers in the 2012 regular season.
Rookie safety Jerron McMillian was awarded the second-highest amount, almost $174,000.
The performance pay was adopted in 2002, but was not conducted the previous two seasons due to expiration of the league’s old collective bargaining agreement and the resulting owners lockout.