Greg Jennings: “Writing’s on the wall” about expiring contract

12/19/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Although Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings becomes a free agent at the end of the season, there hasn’t been much dialogue from either side about renewing his contract. Seeing how the Green Bay Packers previously let several veterans at a similar stage in their career walk out without showing much interest at retaining them, Greg Jennings might as well be playing his last days at Lambeau Field.
“Sometimes you look on the wall and you see a lot of writing. And it’s hard to ignore that writing as a player because you never want to get caught off guard,” Greg Jennings acknowledged full awareness of the situation. “The writing’s on the wall. I’m not going to walk by it and act like it’s not there.”
Greg Jennings already expressed these thoughts to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, who might also be riding out the final two-games as a Green Bay Packers. While the players are all too familiar with “it’s part of business” cliché that doesn’t mean that if Greg Jennings leaves at the end of his seven-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers he won’t experience a surge of “tough” emotions at his departure.
"Look at ‘Drive. He’s been doing this for 14 years. I mean it’s tough. We’ve talked about it a few times,” Greg Jennings said. “You put everything into it and at the end of the day, the only thing the organization really owes you is a paycheck. That’s it. That is absolutely it.”
“And they can stop that if they wanted to,” Greg Jennings continued. “It’s a sensitive subject, a sensitive topic to talk about but the reality is we’re going to have to cross that bridge at some point."
Then while Greg Jennings dealt with a core muscle injury, other players stepped up so that the Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North title with eight wins in the past nine games. Greg Jennings acknowledged that sitting out with an injury during his contract year couldn’t be a boost to the process, but seeing how his “resume isn’t the thinnest” amongst potential 2013 free agents around the league, the 29-year-old vows to remain optimistic.
“I would hope," Greg Jennings said, "I would hope so."
But there hasn’t been much dialogue with the Green Bay Packers, who’re probably waiting out the season to determine contract basis per performance.
“It’s not disappointing. It’s not hard. Sometimes when you’ve done something for a long time, it’s like being married,” Greg Jennings said. “Sometimes you have to look back and some things have to happen for you to appreciate one another even more.”
“It doesn’t have to be drastic. I’m not saying I have to leave and then they appreciate me,” Greg Jennings added. “But again, I don’t know. I can’t control it. They have more control than I do.”
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