The offensive identity seems clear for the Cleveland Browns for 2012. That doesn't mean they should ignore 2013. Given the changing winds in free agency, do they have a shot at Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers?
Even Aaron Rodgers seems gloomy on Jennings NFL future
All good things come to end some time. Aaron Rodgers hoped it wouldn't come so quickly for him and the Packers but the reigning MVP seems to sense his time with favorite receiver Greg Jennings is winding down. In the last year of a four-year contract, Jennings will become a free agent in 2013. He has already stated he isn't thinking about it and will deal with those things when the season is over. Green Bay loves hanging on to its own but next year will prove especially tough as they have a host of other important set to leave. Letting the two-time Pro Bowl talent leave would save a great deal of money to save for players like Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji who enter the last years of their contracts next season. Rodgers would love to keep Jennings but with the talent the team has at receiver it seems more prudent to let him walk. If so what teams will jump in the sweepstakes to get him?
Trent Richardson is a stopgap until Brandon Weeden matures
The modern NFL is about offense but more than that it is about the quarterbacks. Championship teams need a good passer. Cleveland fans hope their team found one in first round draft pick Brandon Weeden. However, even at 28 years old he is still a rookie and will take time to develop. That is why the top overall pick was Trent Richardson. No one gets fooled by coaches saying Richardson is the future of the Browns offense. While he is an important part he got taken as a force to control ball games until Weeden is ready. Teams with inexperienced passers like leaning on tough running backs. Richardson has plenty of talent but hasn't played in any games yet. He only recently returned to practice after recovering from knee surgery. If he plays up to his billing the Browns won't have to lean on Weeden and a group of very young wide receivers. That is where the Jennings idea gains steam. Not only is he a great player but also knows what it takes to make passing attacks work. Cleveland has every reason to go after him, provided the new ownership will spend the money.
Greg Jennings loves the Green Bay Packers but common business sense shows his time with them is running out. The Cleveland Browns believe in Brandon Weeden but if they want to help him succeed then adding a veteran star like Jennings is the next step.