WHAT? Late Friday night, much later than I am willing to work on a blog which no one reads anyway, the Minnesota Vikings signed Greg Jennings, former Green Bay Packer receiver and new number one passing option for the guys in purple. It was a fantastic evening, largely because if you searched "Greg Jennings sucks" on Twitter that night (and into the next 24 hours, really), you were treated to an amazing collection of the worst of Packer fans. People using racial slurs, homophobic language, outrageously obscene words, and so, so … sososososo much more. It was awesome. Please never change, Fat Packers.
WHO? Oh yeah, so, Greg Jennings signed. His contract is for 5-years, $47.5 Million, which equals out to about $9 Million-ish per season. So essentially, Rick Spielman turned Percy Harvin into Greg Jennings, a 1st round and 7th round pick in 2013, a 3rd round pick in 2014, and about $3 Million more dollars in cap space in the coming years. I don't know if he's actually good at his job (he did release Winfield …) or an idiot savant, but I am humble enough to admit that this ended up being a pretty good deal. I mean, a deal they had to make, but still a good deal. There was no way they were going into the season with their receiving veteran being Jerome Simpson. I think we all knew the Vikings were going to sign a receiver, we just didn't know which one for sure. The fact that it ended up being Greg Jennings at a reasonable price makes it even better.
SO? Well, Ponder is running out of excuses if he isn't able to take the next steps, here. Jennings has already proven his worth when with a quality quarterback, so now that he's paired with a "potential" quarterback and an MVP at running back, I'd expect more or less the same. If Jennings ends up being a bust, I'd be much more willing to put the blame on Ponder than Jennings, eventually. The other boner bonus here is that it screws with the Packers, pretty hard. They have James Jones and Randall Cobb now. Oh, and Jordy Nelson, but white receivers never really count. Are they better than they were during the season right now? I don't think so. We'll see what magic rabbit they pull out of Aaron Rodgers butt later on this off-season, but right now the Vikings and the Packers are a lot more evenly matched than people may think.
CONCLUSION! I love it! Screwing the Pack, getting return on cap space, signing Jennings to a reasonable contract (seriously, this is going to look like dirt cheap money in four years), all ends up being pretty awesome. It also takes some pressure off of the team to immediately draft a receiver, which is nice. Last time we had that pressure we ended up with Troy Williamson, and I think we'd all like to avoid that again, yes?
However, after watching Jennings' welcoming message video to Vikings fans, I'm a little more uncomfortable about all of this. "Now we're kissing and hugging?" Oh, are we Greg? I haven't got my smooch yet, you tease.