Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of the bigger names in the free agent wide receiver class, Greg Jennings, is now openly saying he would play for the Miami Dolphins.
“I wouldn’t mind that at all,” Jennings told the NFL Network. “The weather’s definitely nice. They have an up and coming quarterback and they definitely have a defense that’s pretty solid and some pieces on offense that are pretty solid as well.”
The Dolphins are in desperate need of quality playmakers at the wide receiver position. Brian Hartline, who had a breakthrough season in 2012, is a free agent, but is likely to re-sign with the Fins. The Dolphins also have slot receiver Davone Bess, but beyond that, the cupboard is bare.
Jennings has a long history with the Packers and played for Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin when he was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay.
Still, Jennings will be 30-years-old this season and hasn’t played in all sixteen games in two years. He gained more than 1,100 yards per season from 2008-2010, but hasn’t cracked 1,000 yards since then due to injuries.
Jennings wouldn’t have as much of a learning curve because of his familiarity with the Dolphins’ offense and assuming he can stay healthy, would provide a dependable target for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
But signing Jennings as an unrestricted free agent is far from certain. Last year, many linked free agent quarterback Matt Flynn to the Dolphins because of his ties to Philbin. However, the Dolphins bypassed signing Flynn and went instead with rookie Ryan Tannehill.
For his career, Jennings has caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards, and 53 touchdowns.
The Dolphins could also be in pursuit of free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. The soon-to-be former Pittsburgh Steeler is a good route runner and can open up a game with his deep speed, something the Dolphins haven’t been able to do the last few seasons.
Wallace has caught 235 passes for 4,042 yards and 32 touchdowns over the last four seasons. Jennings will also be just 27-years-old when the season starts for the Dolphins.