MINNEAPOLIS – Greg Jennings agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the latest Green Bay Packer to head across the border and join their bitter NFC North rivals.
Jennings made his decision Friday, giving the Vikings the No. 1 receiver they desperately needed after trading Percy Harvin to Seattle.
ESPN first reported the five-year deal. Whenever the Vikings have really needed to fill a big hole, they’ve gone to Green Bay to do it more often than not.
Jennings joins safety Darren Sharper, kicker Ryan Longwell and, of course, quarterback Brett Favre as high-profile Packers to defect to Minnesota.
Like all the rest of them, Jennings will be looking to prove that his best days are not behind him.
The 29-year-old Jennings played in only eight games for the Packers in 2012, plus two in the playoffs, because of a torn lower abdominal muscle and finished with a career-low 366 yards receiving with an average of 10.2 yards per catch, also his worst NFL total. In 2011, he missed three games with a sprained left knee.
The Vikings are betting that he’s going to return to the durable player that played in all 16 games from 2008-10, when he became one of the productive and reliable receivers in the league.
Colts release safety
The Colts released safety Tom Zbikowski after one season with the team.
The Notre Dame alum and professional boxer started 11 games, finishing with 47 tackles, one sack and one interception while returning six kickoffs for 123 yards.
Around the league
Arizona released Kevin Kolb, ending the quarterback’s two injury-filled seasons with the team. Later in the day, the Cardinals announced they had signed defensive end Matt Shaughnessy to a one-year deal.
Tight end Dustin Keller, a former Purdue star, signed with Miami. Philadelphia acquired receiver Arrelious Benn and a seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay for Philadelphia’s sixth-round choice this year and a conditional 2014 pick.
The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Zack Bowman. Safety Louis Delmas agreed to a two-year contract to remain with Detroit. San Diego agreed to a two-year contract with running back Danny Woodhead. Receiver Brandon Gibson signed with Miami. Kansas City signed veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.
The Jets signed former Pittsburgh offensive lineman Willie Colon, running back Mike Goodson, fullback Lex Hilliard and nose tackle Antonio Garay. . Washington re-signed linebacker Bryan Kehl. Jacksonville signed cornerback Alan Ball, running back Justin Forsett and defensive tackle Roy Miller.
Oakland signed former Chicago linebacker Nick Roach. Linebacker Keith Rivers signed with the Giants.