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Updated: March 14th, 2013 4:11pm
Sources: Greg Jennings coming to visit Vikings, but no deal imminent

Sources: Greg Jennings coming to visit Vikings, but no deal imminent

by Tom Pelissero
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Greg Jennings was on his way to visit with the Minnesota Vikings late Thursday afternoon, but no deal was imminent.

According to NFL sources, the plan was for Jennings to have dinner with Vikings officials on Thursday night and then visit the team's Winter Park headquarters on Friday.

It remained unclear to what extent Jennings had dropped his contract demands, which sources have said were for a contract worth $11 million annually when free agency opened on Tuesday.

With Wes Welker and Danny Amendola taking contracts in recent days averaging around $6 million, the receiver market appears to have cooled.

One NFL personnel man said even $8 million a year for Jennings might be "stretching it" unless he drops his price and more teams get into the bidding.

An executive for another NFL team said he could see a two- or three-year deal worth between $7 million and $8 million a year.

And a personnel director for a third NFL team said Jennings originally was pegged for $9.5 million to $10 million a season, but now figures he'll get $6 million to $8 million even though he's "still the top WR available."

Jennings, 29, still could end up back with the Green Bay Packers, who reportedly offered Jennings a contract averaging $10 million a year at one point during last season.

He had only 36 catches for 366 yards (10.2 average) and four touchdowns while battling injuries and has been banged up plenty since his third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season in 2010.

Jennings' age and injury history don'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.

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