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Green Bay Packers’ Greg Jennings Reportedly Won’t Talk Extension During 2012-13 NFL Season: Fan’s Take

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The Green Bay Packers head into the 2012-13 NFL season with the NFL's best depth at wide receiver. Led by Greg Jennings, the Packers have four established wide receivers with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Donald Driver. Randall Cobb showed great promise as a rookie in 2011. Jarrett Boykin made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012. At 6-2 and 218 pounds, Boykin combines his large frame with a great set of hands and an ability to make yards after the catch.

The Packers may not have the same depth in 2013. Jennings and Driver are both scheduled to become free agents this offseason. Driver will turn 38-years-old in February. There are no guarantees that he'll be re-signed. Jennings has reportedly told a source that he won't negotiate a contract extension during the regular season. Jennings doesn't want any distractions that would affect his on-field performance. In 2009, Jennings signed a four-year, $26.885-million contract.

How does Jennings feel about this? He reportedly made the following comment:

"I'm not worried about whether I'm going to end up here or whether I'm getting a contract done. That will take care of itself. Right now, my (mind) is on the 49ers, and it will be on the next opponent and the next opponent after that. If I'm here, I would love to be here. If I'm not, it is what it is."

Jennings isn't worried about it. He doesn't sound like he cares too much about where he plays. Jennings will turn 30-years-old in September 2013. This is his final opportunity at a huge payday.

Truthfully, nobody should express much concern over it.

The Packers must account for contract extensions to other important players. Along with Jennings, the 2014 free-agent class includes Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji, Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Ryan Pickett. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Tramon Williams and Bryan Bulaga are free agents in 2015.

The Packers have some tough decisions to make. They should have more money when Jeff Saturday (2014) and Charles Woodson (2015) become free agents. Both of those players will likely retire. At age 34, Pickett would become expendable in 2014.

Let's assume that Jennings and Driver are both roster casualties in 2013. The Packers would still have Nelson, Jones, Cobb, Boykin and Borel. That doesn't include any free-agent signings or draft picks. The Packers have done a remarkable job with finding receivers who excel in this offense. Aaron Rodgers is also the type of quarterback who can make nearly any receiver look good.

Jennings is a luxury. He isn't a necessity. Based on the scarcity theory and the proven track record of drafted receivers, Jennings is expendable. The Packers could use the franchise tag on him.

We'll see how it plays out. If Jennings accepts a discount, then he stays. If Jennings' top priority is the zeroes on his paycheck, then I expect him to be in another uniform by 2014.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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