The Jacksonville Jaguars have been on the hunt for a veteran wide receiver to add to the roster, but the market has been incredibly thin. The team chased Randall Cobb before he re-signed with the Green Bay Packers, but outside of that the only veteran receiver the Jaguars have been linked to is Dwayne Bowe, who recently signed with the Cleveland Browns.
If you listen to what Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has said they're looking for at wide receiver, it makes sense why they weren't linked to some of the other free agents, such as Torrey Smith and Jeremy Maclin.
"If it’s the right person," Caldwell said after the team announced some free agent signings a week ago. "Our ideal situation was to get a slot receiver and then keep our three young guys on the perimeter. With Julius, it gives us a lot of flexibility in the offense."
Greg Jennings, 31, was recently released by the Minnesota Vikings in a cost cutting move after the team traded for Mike Wallace, seems like he could be a fit for the Jaguars if they're still looking for a veteran. Jennings signed a massive contract in free agency with the Vikings prior to the 2013 NFL season and only managed a disappointing 1,500 yards with 10 touchdowns in two seasons.
From the sounds of it, Jennings at his age isn't necessarily looking to chase another ring and is interested in also being a leader for some young players.
Free Agent WR @GregJennings "in talks with several teams. I'm excited. I know what I bring to the table on field & from leadership roll"— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 17, 2015
. @GregJennings on finding new team "winning SB not #1 priority. Family, community, & being able to provide leadership is important to me"— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 17, 2015
The second tweet here from Jennings certainly sounds a lot like the Jaguars, doesn't it?
Jennings hasn't been officially linked to the team, nor have I heard any rumblings of interest from the Jaguars, but he has both played on the outside and in the slot position for both the Vikings and the Packers during his career. Last season, Jennings ran 66.8 percent and in 2013 65.7 percent of his routes from the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.
Of course the caveat with someone like Jennings is always the cost, but it sounds like Jennings could be a fit if the Jaguars are interested and the price is right. Given the fact that Caldwell has specifically said he wants a slot receiver, it makes a lot more sense.