BBAO: The future of Greg Jennings

We're Black and Blue All Over:

ON THE WAY TO GREEN BAY, Wis. -- So I spent a few hours in the NFC North blogmobile Wednesday night, and by the time I got out, one Wisconsin news outlet was advocating the Green Bay Packers trade receiver Greg Jennings during the season and another was suggesting they could make him their franchise player this fall. And, at best, Jennings has a 50-50 shot of even getting on the field Thursday night when the Packers take on the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

As you know, Jennings' contract is set to expire after this season and he will be eligible for free agency in March unless the Packers make him their franchise player, as Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes they might -- and then use it as a tool to trade him. The Packers are relatively tight against the salary cap and have a number of other players in line for new deals, as we've discussed, a list that includes quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews and nose tackle B.J. Raji.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, meanwhile, believes the Packers could get more value for Jennings during the season and should entertain offers despite the impact it could have on their 2012 season.

In the end, it's understandable why the Packers would make Jennings the odd man out if it comes to that. Receiver is one of their deeper positions, and he has suddenly run into a durability issue that at times gives reason for second thought. Mostly, though, this issue is important because already -- in Week 2 of this season -- Jennings' future is casting an unfortunate but unavoidable cloud over the team.

Continuing around the NFC North: