A lot of business decisions were made by the Green Bay Packers and alas, former Packer players over the past four days. Most notably, the decision of General Manager Ted Thompson to allow two time Pro Bowl reciever Greg Jennings to become an unrestricted free agent. Jennings then made his business decision to join the list of former Packers like Ryan Longwell, Darren Sharper and Robert Ferguson, not to mention Brett Favre in a more roundabout way, to join the Minnesota Vikings. He signed a five year contract, averaging nine and a half million dollars a year to don the purple and yellow. Jennnings turned down an offer from the Pack of 10 million a year after the 2011 season. Green Bay tried to retain Jennings but fell short of the total monetary package so Packer fans will only see Jennings twice a year instead of 16 games a season. Instead of staying with a contending team with an MVP quarterback, Jennings will play for a club that has a long history of a disheveled front office, a head coach with one year left on his contract and a young quarterback who is still learning the ropes. But dollars talk and both sides will move on. A.J. Hawk had a business decision made for him. The veteran linebacker accepted a salary cut from the Packers to stay with the team. His cap figure was approaching six million dollars a year and while Hawk never felt it was a take it or leave it offer, sign it or get cut, he accepted the reduction and will return at a cheaper price in 2013. Tight end Tom Crabtree was surprised and disappointed the Packerrs did not tender him an offer as a restricted free agent, effectively cutting him loose. He accepted a free agent deal from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend. The Packers did bring back linebacker Robert Francois at bargain prices for a veteran player, assuring him he will be given every opportunity to earn a starting job. Francois' loyalty is commendable but breaking the starting lineup on a defense that returns Hawk, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, a healed Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith, will be awfully difficult. An NFL roster never stays the same, combining talent and salary is a difficult balancing act, and business decisions ultimately drive the roster setting priorities every off-season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported over the weekend the Packers have expressed an interest in former New York Giants free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw. After losing out to Atlanta in the effort to sign former Ram Stephen Jackson, the Packers haven't given up on trying bring more competition to the backfield. Cedric Benson is also a free agent who might return for another go-round with the Pack after his season ending foot injury last year but Thompson has said he wants to know more about his medical status before proceeding. Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy and President Mark Murphy are all in Phoenix for the NFL League meetings this week and more news could be coming out of Arizona.