Jennings, Packers Agree to Contract Terms
By By Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press
The Green Bay Packers generally take care of their own, and wide receiver Greg Jennings looks to be the next player to receive a long-term contract extension from the team.
TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's Lance Allan confirms through a Packers source that the team and Jennings have agreed to terms on an extension to his current contract, which would pay him $535,000 and end after this season.
According to ESPN, the deal would give Jennings up to $30 million over three years if he meets every potential bonus, with $16 million in guaranteed money.
His agent, Agent Eugene Parker, did not return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.
And his next target seems to have been Jennings, a relatively unknown second-round pick out of Western Michigan in 2006 who has blossomed into one of the NFL's most dangerous receivers.
Jennings hasn't skipped the voluntary portion of the Packers' offseason program in an attempt to force the team's hand -- a fairly common negotiating strategy in the NFL.
"I've got one year on my contract left," Jennings said. "Until next year, until that year's up, then I'm in a contract situation. But other than that, I'm going to play ball. Regardless of if we get a deal done or not, this is me being honest, I'm going to play ball. I'm not the holdout type of a guy."
On the field, Jennings said business issues don't bother him.
"I'm just trying to practice and perform at a high level, regardless of whether a deal is done or not," Jennings said. "Honestly, that's me."
Jennings said he envisioned himself taking a leadership role on the team early in his career, despite coming in unheralded.
"I'm not trying to be 'the' leader," Jennings said. "I feel like the quarterback is the leader, but there are other guys that play leadership roles. I want to be looked upon as a leader -- and a positive one at that."
Jennings' decision to participate in the offseason program while his agent and the team work on a new contract has won him points with coaches and teammates.
"He's been professional about it, I think," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "The team has shown that they're going to take care of the guys for the most part. He's a guy who has been here a lot. His wife had their second child, so he's been doing some of the family stuff as well, being a father. But for the most part, he's had good attendance here this offseason."
Jennings' approach stands in contrast to safety Nick Collins, who skipped most of the team's voluntary offseason practices. Collins showed up for the mandatory minicamp Monday and made it clear to reporters that he wouldn't rule out a training camp holdout.
"I've talked to a few guys, Nick in particular," Jennings said. "But you know, every situation is a little different. Everyone goes about it a little differently. Some people give different advice than others."
Collins' deal also is up at the end of this season, along with several other key players: pass rusher Aaron Kampman, defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and offensive linemen Chad Clifton, Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz and Tony Moll.
Notes: The Packers released wide receiver Lorne Sam. ... Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly left Tuesday morning's practice, and returned wearing an ice pack on his right thigh. ... Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Will Blackmon were present Tuesday after being excused from Monday's practice. ... Safety Anthony Smith sat out Tuesday morning's practice. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Smith had a groin injury.