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Ted Thompson says Greg Jennings' criticisms wouldn't prevent a reunion

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The receiver publicly criticized the team upon his departure in 2013.

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When Greg Jennings left the Green Bay Packers in 2013 for the division rival Minnesota Vikings, he began to publicly disparage his former team, accusing them of "brainwashing" their players and taking jabs at quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Since received his release from the Vikings, the receiver has taken the high road, calling the Packers a "great organization" and stating a willingness to reconcile.

For any reunion to occur, the Green Bay front office would have to get on board first. According to Robert Zizzo of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, general manager Ted Thompson is at least open to the idea.

Thompson is in Phoenix for the annual NFL owner meetings. He said Monday that Jennings' criticisms wouldn't factor into any decision the team made related to the veteran wideout.

"We're not that sensitive about things like that," Thompson said. "Players are players. Players say things. Sometimes we make mistakes."

While some have speculated that the burned bridges would prevent a Jennings from returning to the place where his NFL career began, Thompson wouldn't rule out the possibility.

At the same time, he didn't say the Packers were actively pursuing the 31-year-old receiver. Jennings has met with the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, two teams that can offer him a larger role in their respective offenses. In Green Bay, Jennings would serve as a third or fourth option depending on the development of second-year player Davante Adams. While the team is reportedly in the receiver market, a reunion with the former Packer doesn't appear overly promising at this stage.

Still, the fact that Thompson went on the record about Jennings says the Packers aren't closing their doors to any player that can help their cause.

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.