It is a big offseason for the Green Bay Packers and before they can get down to the business of hammering out long-term contracts for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, they need to tend to other matters.
What to do with wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Jermichael Finley?
Most figured Jennings, 29, was headed to the market as an unrestricted free agent. Now, the Packers are reportedly considering placing the franchise tag on him, perhaps in an effort to execute a sign-and-trade deal. The tender for Jennings would cost $10.36 million. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel delves deep into both issues, also exploring the possibility the club could cut Finley, who has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $8.75 million.
They are interesting issues because both players can be top performers in the passing game with Rodgers. Without them, Green Bay will have to lean on other players and probably bring some new ones along. It seems unlikely the club would keep Jennings and less likely it would keep him with a multi-year contract. The Packers would almost have to know they had a suitor for him in a trade to tag him.
So, the Packers have a lot to take care of before they get down to trying to sign Rodgers and Matthews.
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