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Updated: March 15th, 2013 6:15pm
Take that, Packers! Vikings reach agreement with Greg Jennings

Take that, Packers! Vikings reach agreement with Greg Jennings

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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Greg Jennings is leaving the Green Bay Packers for the Minnesota Vikings.

After spending parts of two days in the Twin Cities with Vikings officials, Jennings agreed to a contract with the team on Friday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed.

According to ESPN, which first reported the agreement, it's a five-year, $47.5 million deal with $18 million guaranteed.

Jennings, 29, arrived with his wife late Thursday and had dinner with coach Leslie Frazier, general manager Rick Spielman and Pro Bowl end Jared Allen, among others.

He spent most of Friday morning and afternoon at the Vikings' facility and a deal was hammered out around 6 p.m.

Jennings, who turns 30 in September, had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2008 to 2010 for the rival Packers. But he has battled injuries the past two seasons and finished with a career-low 36 receptions for 366 yards (10.2 average) last season.

That probably contributed to a soft market that only got softer once Wes Welker and Danny Amendola accepted contracts earlier this week averaging around $6 million a year.

Word in league circles was that Jennings originally was seeking anywhere from $11 million to $14 million a season before free agency began on Tuesday.

ESPNWisconsin.com reported he turned down a contract worth $10 million a year from the Packers during the season. The Packers reportedly remained interested, though it was unclear how much they were willing to offer.

In Minnesota, Jennings joins a receiver group that includes only one real veteran, Jerome Simpson, after the trade that sent Percy Harvin to Seattle on Monday.

A second-round draft pick out of Western Michigan in 2006, Jennings has 425 receptions for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns over seven NFL seasons.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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