Greg Jennings is facing the reality there is a good chance he will not return to the Green Bay Packers next season.
The veteran wide receiver, who was sidelined for much of the season with a groin muscle injury, is working his way back into the offense at the right time. But he knows his time could be limited, admitting just that on the NFL Network’s Double Coverage Podcast.
Does he think he will be back in green and gold in 2013?
“An educated guess? My educated guess, I’m going to lean to the ‘no’ side of it,” Jennings said, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s my educated guess, my personal educated guess.
“If I had a choice, if it was just my decision only, absolutely I would be here in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t want to leave at all. But obviously it’s two sides. So the Packers are going to do what’s best for them and hopefully I’m what’s best. But if not, I have 31 other teams that hopefully I can show them my resume, then walk into the door and start back over.”
The Packers’ high-powered passing game has continued to hum with Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones and Jennings will want top pay.
“When it comes to myself, it’s definitely going to be a money issue and then at the same time you have a group of guys that are performing very well,” Jennings said. “The Packers have put themselves in a position where they can afford to kind of ruffle and shuffle things and roll the dice. But who knows? We’ll see what happens.”
For now, Jennings is excited to be back in the mix with the Packers already situated in the NFC playoffs after winning the NFC North Division.
““It’s exciting to be jumping back in there. It’s interesting to see how you can go from just being ‘the guy’ to just kind of integrating yourself back into the offense,” he said. “So it’s a unique situation. But it’s fun. It’s fun to be able to say I’m back out there and I’m excited to be back out there.
“My role hasn’t changed. It’s just, you know, guys have been playing well and it’s a matter of getting your opportunities. Like you said, I’m coming in a little late to the party. So at some point here, I’ll make my presence felt.”
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