Receiver Greg Jennings was listed as a failed physical due to minor elbow surgery when the Minnesota Vikings cut him.
Greg Jennings is expected to be fine moving forward, despite the fact that he was cut by the Vikings for failing a physical. According to Ian Rapoport, Jennings was recovering from minor elbow surgery when he was cut. The Vikings are also responsible for Jennings’ rehab costs and they are taking care of that. Jennings was released by the Vikings on Saturday following two underwhelming seasons.
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The Vikings signed Jennings in 2013 from the Packers to a five year deal worth $45 million. Jennings said at the time that he was looking for a fresh start after spending seven seasons in Green Bay. However, he ended up playing with four different starting quarterbacks in Minnesota and only managing 1,546 yards on 127 catches with 10 touchdowns in two years. That’s not awful, but likely not what the Vikings were hoping for either.
Upon releasing Jennings, the Vikings save $5 million on their 2015 NFL salary cap, according to a story by ESPN. Releasing Jennings with a post-June 1st designation would save them $9 million in cap money. The Vikings needed to do something after acquiring Mike Wallace. Combined, Jennings and Wallace would have taken up $20 million in cap space and so something had to give. Reportedly the Vikings initially tried to get Jennings to restructure, but the two sides couldn’t find a deal.
Jennings ended up in Minnesota primarily because of a public feud with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Refusing to mention Rodgers by name in several interviews, Jennings called him ’12’ and “the guy they have now,” when asked to compare him with Favre. He later openly criticized Rodgers when interviewed by a Minnesota paper. The two eventually made up with Jennings apologizing publicly and they shared an embrace after the receiver’s first game against his former team.
The next step for Jennings could be any number of teams that need a receiver. There was immediate speculation that the Seahawks could be a landing spot for the veteran wide out. Even though Seattle added elite tight end Jimmy Graham, they might still be looking for another receiving target.
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