My friend Ray Rivard (aka apackphan) over at Lombardi Ave has a great blog. Definitely something you need to add to your daily reading list. Tons of good stuff all the time.
Most of the time, Ray and I see absolutely eye-to-eye on the Packers. That said, today was one of the very rare instances when he and I have differing opinions.
In his article Greg Jennings, You’re a Sucker, Ray suggests that Jennings’ decision to move to Minnesota for more money rather than stay in Green Bay for more Super Bowl rings was a bad move.
If Greg didn’t already have a Super Bowl ring in his possession, there would be no question that Ray is right. Every NFL player strives for that ring and a chance to hoist the Lombardi trophy aloft. Real competitors continue pursuing that goal until the day they retire.
However, Greg already has a Super Bowl championship under his belt.
Jennings is now on the downside of his career and making as much money as possible is his primary objective now. Add to that the fact that the Vikings’ wide receiving corps is atrocious, and he’s also assured of not only getting playing time but of also being the #1 receiver on the Vikings squad (something very uncertain with other teams).
This was a simple business move on Greg’s part. While my green and gold glasses say “a true Packer never turns his back on his team,” if I set aside the glasses, the fact of this business decision becomes very clear.
What do you think? Was this just a financial decision by Greg or is he truly a sucker?