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Updated: March 14th, 2013 8:10am
Report: Greg Jennings scheduled to visit Vikings on Thursday

Report: Greg Jennings scheduled to visit Vikings on Thursday

by Tom Pelissero
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Greg Jennings is on his way to Minnesota -- at least for a visit.

ESPN reported on Thursday morning the free-agent receiver will visit the Vikings on Thursday.

The timing makes sense. Jennings, 29, was seeking at least $11 million a year on a new contract when free agency opened on Tuesday, according to NFL sources.

But with Wes Welker signing a two-year, $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday and Danny Amendola soon after taking a five-year, $31 million deal to replace Welker with the New England Patriots, the receiver market seems to have cooled considerably.

Jennings had 36 catches for 366 yards (10.2 average) and four touchdowns last season while battling injuries. He had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2008 to '10.

The Packers remain interested in re-signing Jennings, sources have said, but only at the right price. He was a second-round draft pick out of Western Michigan in 2006.

Jennings turns 30 in September, which doesn't exactly fit the profile Vikings general manager Rick Spielman usually seeks. But there's no question they need help at receiver.

The re-signing of Jerome Simpson to a one-year contract on Tuesday put five receivers on the Vikings roster, along with Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Chris Summers and Greg Childs.

He's not the first Packers free-agent receiver to consider the Vikings in recent years. In 2011, the Vikings made a strong push for James Jones before he re-signed in Green Bay.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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