Although this doesn’t increase the Green Bay Packers odds of retaining Greg Jennings, it looks like it’s less than a foregone conclusion that Jennings will wind up signing with the Miami Dolphins.
Although Jennings has lobbied for a new job with his old offensive coordinator — Joe Philbin is Miami’s coach — the Dolphins don’t appear that interested. Their No. 1 target in free agency will be Pittsburgh Steelers‘ receiver Mike Wallace, according to a report.
Multiple sources tell the Sun-Sentinel Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who won’t be given the franchise tag by the Steelers this offseason, is the team’s top target.
Wallace may command as much as $12 million per season, according to the report and he’ll probably get it.
So why Wallace over Jennings?
Age for one. Wallace turns 27 this year, while Jennings turns 30. Wallace is entering the prime of his career as Jennings enters the final phase of his.
Wallace is also the superior deep threat. He had more than 800 yards receiving in 2012 and went over 1,000 the two seasons prior to that. Jennings has battled injuries the last two seasons. His last 1,000-yard season came in 2010.
We’re sure Jennings will still get overpaid by someone, but it’s becoming clear he isn’t going to be one of the top free agents on the market. It will be interesting to see if he gets the $10 million per season he wants.