The Minnesota Vikings have found a new target for Christian Ponder to throw to.
On Friday, the Vikings signed former Packers WR Greg Jennings to a five-year, $47.5 million deal with $18 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
“We’re really excited about the fact that he brings high character,” said head coach Leslie Frazier. “He’s a tremendous athlete. We all know that. But what he’ll bring to our locker room, the energy that he’ll bring to what we do at practice along with his leadership, those were all qualities we were looking for when we talked with Greg.”
Once Percy Harvin went down last season, Christian Ponder didn’t have many options to pass too. Jennings hopes to fill that role of making life easier for Ponder.
“You can just get a sense that he needed a little more around him to give him some help,” Jennings said. “Hopefully I can help him a little bit.”
Jennings will had a second-dimension to the Vikings offense that was super dependent on Adrian Peterson last season.
“You see a guy like `All Day’ sitting in that backfield and you see the cluster of guys that are gathered in that box for him, it’s going to be some special things taking place,” Jennings said.
Jennings had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2008 to 2010 but has battled injuries the past two seasons.
Despite turning 30 this season, Jennings isn’t worried about what the naysayers are saying.
“I can definitely still do it,” said Jennings. “I can definitely still make plays and be as exciting as I was in my earlier years.”
In eight games last season, Jennings had 36 receptions for 366 yards (10 ypc) and four touchdowns.