Packers make Jennings deal official
The Green Bay Packers officially announced today that they have signed receiver Greg Jennings to a "long-term" contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to sources, it adds three years to Jennings' existing contract that...
The Green Bay Packers officially announced today that they have signed receiver Greg Jennings to a "long-term" contract extension.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
According to sources, it adds three years to Jennings' existing contract that was set to expire after the 2009 season. The deal will likely pay Jennings over $8 million annually through 2012 with most of the cap hit coming this year. The Packers had about $27 million in cap space before Jennings' deal.
Jennings will become the second-highest paid player on the Packers behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($10.83 million annually).
"I'm grateful and I understand that I'm blessed," Jennings said today. "Just to know I'm going to have that financial stability for not only myself but for my family, my children, it's an exciting feeling. It really hasn't hit me yet -- probably (not) until I get that first check. I'm sure it will sink in sometime soon.
"Talking to (Packers contract negotiator Russ Ball) yesterday, I was very appreciative that they signed me to this extension not only because of what I did on the field but it just says a lot about the way they feel about myself, not only as a player but my character, my personlity, who I am as a man."
The length of the deal allows Jennings, 25, to be in line for another big contract when the current deal expires.
"That's the beauty of it, so kudos to my agent," said Jennings, who is represented by Eugene Parker. "That was pretty much our gameplan if there is to be career after this contract. Again, I can't tell the future but that was definitely the gameplan to make it a situation where I would have another opportunity to go up to the table and redo a deal."
Even Jennings couldn't guarantee he will continue playing, even though he will be just 29 at that time.
"With me, the way that I am, I never know," Jennings said. "I'm not a greedy guy. I'm not trying to play because I want more money each year. That's not me. But I'm going to ride this to the end and we'll see what happens after that. If I choose to continue to play, then so be it. If the love of the game kind of dwindles away then I'm going to walk away. But right now I'm in a time in my life where I just signed a new deal, I'm excited about it, haven't seen my wife yet, my anniversary is tomorrow, so I have a lot celebrate."
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