Pete Dougherty from the Green Bay Press Gazette joined the Mike Heller Show on Tuesday to talk about where the Packers are at regarding free agency.
Dougherty said that Jennings going to the Vikings didn’t surprise him, and he understands the Vikings wanting to bring Jennings in due to losing Percy Harvin. “I can see why (the Vikings) did it, I probably would have done the same thing if I were them.”
Jennings may have felt wounded by the Packers not offering him more money, and Dougherty offered this analogy: “If you have an evaluation meeting (at your job), and your boss tells you, well yeah we like you, we think you are good, and then they offer you a new contract and it’s for a small raise or for something you don’t think is what your worth is compared to other people in the business, you’re going to be upset.”
Jennings recently said that he sought the advice of Brett Favre, should Packer fans have an issue with that? “It depends on what Favre told him. I don’t know how the conversation went. Its human relations and that’s business in the NFL.”
How does losing Jennings affect this team? “That’s a really good question, that’s where I thought the (Steven) Jackson signing would have helped them some. Without Jennings they lose (their ability to mismatch). Now it’s a little easier to match up.” Dougherty said he still expects the Packers to be in the top eight in scoring.
Dougherty discussed Steven Jackson going to the Atlanta Falcons instead of the Green Bay Packers. “A couple of the scouts I talked to that I trusted said they think the guy still has some juice left.” Dougherty talked about it being hard to argue with the success that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has had, but “maybe they were a hair conservative on this one.”
Packers President Mark Murphy recently talked about Brett Favre coming back to Green Bay to have his jersey retired, Dougherty said, “Time definitely heals all that stuff. My suspicion is still Favre won’t do it until Ted Thompson leaves.”
The Packers still have to sure up the contracts of Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews; Dougherty said, “I would guess something will get done on both Rodgers and Matthews sometime in the offseason, before training camp starts.”