NFC North: Receivers cashing in big could help class of 2013

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Next year's free agent receiver class has to be excited about what's transpired through the first three days of this year's signing period.

Receivers have cashed in big thus far, and that could bode well for the class of 2013, which could include the Packers' Greg Jennings.

The Lions set the market at $132 million with the eight-year deal they signed with Calvin Johnson, but there have been a number of receivers who've cashed in:

  • Vincent Jackson signed a five-year, $55 million deal with the Buccaneers.
  • DeSean Jackson re-signed with the Eagles for five years and $47 million.
  • The Saints re-signed Marques Colston to a five-year, $40 million contract.
  • Pierre Garçon was inked for five years and $42.5 million by the Redskins.
  • Jacksonville spent $32.5 million on a five-year contract for Laurent Robinson.

Jennings, 28, isn't in the same category as Johnson, but he's just as good - if not better - than all of the other above names.

Jennings has had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons the last four years (949 in 2011 in 13 games) and has at least nine touchdowns in three of those seasons.

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