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Jennings won't come cheap in 2013

Mar 14, 2012 -- 10:39pm

GREEN BAY – Greg Jennings made himself a lot of money Wednesday, and he did it in the unlikeliest of places: In Africa, on a humanitarian mission with his wife Nicole.

The Green Bay Packers two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his wife are in Tanzania along with his a number of other pro athletes (including friend and fellow NFL wideout Larry Fitzgerald), traveling with a medical group from “Pros for Africa” to fit more than a thousand needy African children with hearing aids. He either didn’t take his iPhone with him or he’s not getting reception in Africa, as an iMessage went undelivered Tuesday evening.

That means Jennings probably hasn’t gotten the news about the massive contracts wide receivers Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Marques Colston, Pierre Garçon, Robert Meachem and Calvin Johnson inked in the first 36 hours of the new league year.

According to various reports, Vincent Jackson signed a five-year, $55 million deal ($26 million guaranteed) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to leave San Diego; Garçon got a five-year, $42.5 million deal ($20.5 million guaranteed) to leave Indianapolis for Washington; Colston signed a five-year, $40 million (under $20 million guaranteed) to return to New Orleans; DeSean Jackson, who’d been franchise tagged by the Philadelphia Eagles, got a five-year deal worth $47 million ($15 million guaranteed); and Meachem got a four-year, $25.9 million deal ($14 million guaranteed) to leave New Orleans and replace Vincent Jackson as the Chargers’ go-to wide receiver.

The biggest contract, of course, went to Detroit’s Johnson, who signed an eight-year deal worth $132 million ($60 million guaranteed) to extend his time with the Lions.

So if you’re among the small but vocal minority of Packers fans wondering why the team hasn’t pursued any big-name free agents so far, here’s one reason: Re-signing Jennings, whose three-year, $27 million extension expires at the end of the 2012 season, won’t be cheap.

Jennings’ numbers over the past four seasons compare favorably to the aforementioned wideouts, which means he’s in line for a similar payday assuming he stays healthy and productive as the team’s No. 1 receiver, even with the emergence of Jordy Nelson last season.

Jennings caught 67 passes for 949 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, when his regular season ended on Dec. 11 with a knee injury against Oakland. He sat out the final three regular-season games before returning to action for the team’s Jan. 15 season-ending loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

Here’s a look at how Jennings stacks up statistically over the past four seasons:

JENNINGS
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
Green Bay
13
13
67
949
14.2
9
2010
Green Bay
16
16
76
1,265
16.6
12
2009
Green Bay
16
13
68
1,113
16.4
4
2008
Green Bay
16
15
80
1,292
16.2
9
TOTAL
 
61
57
291
4,619
15.9
34
 
JOHNSON
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
Detroit
16
16
96
1,681
17.5
16
2010
Detroit
15
15
77
1,120
14.5
12
2009
Detroit
14
14
67
984
14.7
5
2008
Detroit
16
16
78
1,331
17.1
12
TOTAL
 
61
61
318
5,116
16.1
45
 
V. JACKSON
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
San Diego
16
16
60
1,106
18.4
9
2010
San Diego
5
5
14
248
17.7
3
2009
San Diego
15
15
68
1,167
17.2
9
2008
San Diego
16
 16
59
1,098
18.6
7
TOTAL
 
52
52
201
3,619
18.0
28
 
D. JACKSON
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
Philadelphia
15
15
58
961
16.6
4
2010
Philadelphia
14
14
47
1,056
22.5
6
2009
Philadelphia
15
15
62
1,156
18.6
9
2008
Philadelphia
16
15
62
912
14.7
2
TOTAL
 
60
59
229
4,085
17.8
21
 
M.COLSTON
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
New Orleans
14
7
80
1,143
14.3
8
2010
New Orleans
15
11
84
1,023
12.2
7
2009
New Orleans
16
14
70
1,074
15.3
9
2008
New Orleans
11
6
47
760
16.2
5
TOTAL
 
56
38
281
4,000
14.2
29
 
R. MEACHEM
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
New Orleans
16
8
40
620
15.5
6
2010
New Orleans
16
7
44
638
14.5
5
2009
New Orleans
16
7
45
722
16.0
9
2008
New Orleans
14
3
12
289
24.1
3
TOTAL
 
62
25
141
2,269
16.1
23
 
GARCON
Year
Team
G
GS
Rec,
Yds.
Avg.
TD
2011
Indianapolis
16
16
70
947
13.5
6
2010
Indianapolis
14
14
67
784
11.7
6
2009
Indianapolis
14
13
47
765
16.3
4
2008
Indianapolis
14
0
4
23
5.8
0
TOTAL
 
58
43
188
2,519
13.4
16

 

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