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Greg Jennings says he would 'definitely reconcile' with Packers

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The receiver played his first seven seasons in Green Bay.

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Greg Jennings spent the first seven years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, first as a deep threat for Brett Favre then later as a well-rounded, lead receiver with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in part because of Jennings' clutch catches, including two touchdowns and a must-have third down conversion on the team's final possession. In most cases, a player with such a resume with Green Bay would be cherished.

Of course, Jennings left the team after the 2012 season for the Minnesota Vikings and began a prolonged, public spat with the organization and Aaron Rodgers specifically. It got ugly at times, with Jennings refusing to acknowledge Rodgers by name and accusing the team of "brainwashing" its employees.

However, after two seasons in Minnesota, Jennings is trying to mend fences. He said he would "definitely reconcile" with the Packers while also acknowledging that his behavior was influenced by a bruised ego.

While Jennings hasn't always been the most honest player in interviews, it's easy to believe that he felt hurt by the Packers. Heading into his final season in Green Bay, Jennings reportedly asked for a new deal averaging $15 million annually only to receive an offer of $11 million per year. That figure dropped to just $8 million by the following offseason when Jennings became a free agent. While the offers made sense for the Packers, who had Jordy Nelson and James Jones in tow as well as an ascending Randall Cobb, Jennings understandably felt discarded and lashed out. Two years later, Jennings is taking the high road and offering an olive branch to the organization where he got his start.

At this stage, there's no reason to suspect a reunion is in the offing. However, if the team felt it needed to add a reliable receiver to backup its starting trio of Nelson, Cobb and Davante Adams, Jennings could indeed be an option.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.