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Jennings jolts Pack, joins rival Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — Greg Jennings agreed to terms with the Vikings, becoming the latest Packer to head across the border and join Green Bay's bitter NFC North rival.

Jennings made his decision Friday, giving the Vikings the No. 1 receiver they needed after trading Percy Harvin to Seattle. He is getting a five-year deal worth $47.5 million, with $18 million guaranteed, ESPN reported.

Jennings joins safety Darren Sharper, kicker Ryan Longwell and quarterback Brett Favre as high-profile Packers to defect to Minnesota over the years.

Jennings, 29, played just eight games for the Packers in 2012, plus two in the playoffs, because of a torn lower abdominal muscle. He finished with a career-low 366 yards receiving and an average of 10.2 per catch, also his worst total. In 2011 he missed three games with a sprained left knee.

"As a competitor, I'm someone who wants to still be on the field and feels he can still do it," Jennings said. "I can definitely still do it. … I can be as exciting as I was in my earlier years.

"I'm 29. I'm not old."

Kolb gone: The Cardinals released Kevin Kolb, ending the quarterback's two injury-filled seasons with the team. The move came just ahead of the deadline for a $2 million roster bonus. The team paid Kolb some $20 million over two seasons after acquiring him in a trade that sent a second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles. The release saved $7 million in salary cap space, reports said. Kolb was due to make $9 million in 2013.

Wilson to Pats: Safety Adrian Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowl pick in his 12 seasons with the Cardinals, signed with the Patriots for three years, Phoenix radio station ZTRA Sports 910 reported. New England also signed Bills receiver Donald Jones and agreed to a four-year deal to re-sign cornerback Kyle Arrington, ESPN reported.

Reed leaves without deal: Pro Bowl free agent safety Ed Reed left the Texans after two days of talks with no deal in place.

Eagles: The team will move its training camp to its NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field after 17 years at Lehigh University, about 60 miles north of Philadelphia. This marks the first time since 1943 that training camp will be in Philadelphia.

Falcons: Tight end Tony Gonzalez, who decided this week not to retire, agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

49ers: Outside linebacker Aldon Smith had offseason shoulder surgery, reported.

.Fast Facts

Friday's other moves

With terms when available

Bears: Agreed to terms to re-sign CB Zack Bowman

Cardinals: Agreed with Raiders DE Matt Shaughnessy (one year) and Chargers CB Antoine Cason

Chargers: Agreed with Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (two years)

Chiefs: Signed Vikings OL Geoff Schwartz

Colts: Released S Tom Zbikowski

Dolphins: Signed Jets TE Dustin Keller (one year) and Rams WR Brandon Gibson

Giants: Signed Bengals LB Keith Rivers (one year)

Jaguars: Signed Texans CB cornerback Alan Ball and Texans RB Justin Forsett; re-signed CB Antwaun Molden

Jets: Signed Panthers RB Mike Goodson, Steelers OL Willie Colon and Chargers NT Antonio Garay (one year); re-signed FB Lex Hilliard

Lions: Re-signed S Louis Delmas (two years, $9.45 million)

Raiders: Agreed with Bears LB Nick Roach

Steelers: Signed TE Matt Spaeth

Vikings: Signed Chiefs QB Matt Cassel

Jennings jolts Pack, joins rival Vikings 03/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:20am]
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