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Greg Jennings: Breaking Down Better Fit for WR Between Packers and Vikings

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMarch 15, 2013

Greg Jennings' future in the NFL will likely lie with one of two teams: the Green Bay Packers or the Minnesota Vikings. So, which team is the better fit for the star wide receiver?

Jennings has been with the Packers his entire career and amassed three seasons of 1,000 yards or more with the team. He would have likely added two more seasons over the 1,000-yard mark if not for missing three games in both 2007 and 2011.

But there is a good chance Jennings leaves this offseason to join the Packers' division rivals in Minnesota. According to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are recruiting Jennings to join their team:

Jared Allen, Rick Spielman, George Paton and Leslie Frazier among those having dinner with Greg Jennings in Minneapolis. #Vikings

— Ben Goessling (@BenGoesslingPP) March 15, 2013

It's really a no-brainer as to which team is the better fit for Jennings.

The Packers are a prototypical pass-first offense and have been for the past few seasons. Green Bay finished with the No. 9 passing offense in the NFL last season after averaging 253 yards per game through the air.

Green Bay's man behind center, Aaron Rodgers, is easily one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today and has proven that with sensational numbers during his career. Rodgers led the NFL with a 108 passer rating last season and his 4,295 passing yards were good for eighth in the league, his fifth straight season of 4,200-plus yards through the air and ground.

Rodgers is also a year removed from winning the NFL MVP award after compiling 4,643 yards with 45 touchdowns to only six interceptions in 2011.

The Vikings don't have as much talent behind center, although it could have been much worse.

Minnesota looked primed to have Christian Ponder as the only option behind center next season, who led the Vikings to a horrid passing attack that finished No. 31 in the NFL with a lowly 172 yards per contest.

However, the Vikings' prospects at quarterback just got a little better after the signing of recently released Matt Cassel.

Cassel has a chance to be the starter at some point next season if Ponder slips up, which is good news considering he's thrown for over 3,000 yards twice in his career. But he's still no Aaron Rodgers and had a rough time in Kansas City with a lackluster roster around him.

Furthermore, the Vikings are no doubt a run-first offense led by last year's MVP, Adrian Peterson. It was "All Day" who single-handedly ran the Vikings into the playoffs and while Minnesota will look to pass more next season, it isn't likely they change their successful approach from 2012 all that much.

That will lead to less passes coming Jennings' way down the road, no matter how thin the Vikings are at receiver. The Packers might have a deeper receiving corps, but Jennings has been (and will continue to be) Rodgers' No. 1 target on an offense that looks to pass often, with over 100 more passes than rushing attempts in 2012.

We can sit here and break down which team is a better fit all we want but, at the end of the day, whoever coughs up more dough (better fit or not) will land Jennings.

If the dollar amounts are similar between both offers, it's an easy choice for Jennings to pick the Packers, the team that will give him a better chance to put up great numbers and win games—both now and in the future.

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