In seven years with the Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings played one game that wasn't quarterbacked by Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers. When he and his wife, Nicole, boarded a plane for the Twin Cities on Thursday, March 14, though, Jennings had a feeling that streak was about to end.
So Jennings went to the film, specifically to watch Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. If he was indeed going to cross the border, and likely stake the final productive years of his career on Minnesota's offense, "I had to know what I was getting into," he said.
What the receiver saw, he said, was a maturing young quarterback he believed he could win with in Minnesota. And by Friday morning, Jennings had decided he was ready to make a change.
He signed a five-year deal with the Vikings, immediately becoming the face of a receiving corps in transition and the refuge for a quarterback still learning to play in the NFL. The five-year contract the Vikings gave Jennings, worth a reported $47.5 million, and the attention they lavished on him during a two-day visit, certainly helped to close the deal.
But Jennings' decision to stop doing Lambeau Leaps required, in part, a leap of faith -- in Ponder.
"I know the drive is there. I know the work ethic is there," Jennings said. "I know he wants to be great. It's just a matter of putting pieces around him. He can't do it all by himself."
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