What are biggest factors if Packers have to pick between Jackson & Jennings?

CREATED Mar 14, 2013

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  • Photos: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers may have a free agency spending decision to make.

Do they keep a key cog from their Super Bowl championship season or pick up a needed running back to give their explosive but one-sided offense some balance?

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The Packers are considering re-signing wide receiver Greg Jennings to a contract, but numerous sources including the Green Bay Press Gazette say they have also been in talks with former Rams running back Steven Jackson - a running back with eight consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.

Though their position is different, they have similarities.

The Journal Sentinel says they share the same agent, Eugene Parker, who allegedly has been playing Jackson off between the Packers and Atlanta Falcons to raise his price.

Jackson and Jennings share the same age, 29.

What they don't share is the perceived productivity of their position after a certain age.

Many great wide receivers offer productivity far into their 30's - even in situations like Jennings where they're coming off of injury. 

Not so for running backs, where the age of 30 is often seen as the downhill point in players' productivity.

If the Packers sign him, Jackson would most certainly be the most talented running back the franchise has had since Ahman Green, and perhaps before.  

He also would fit well into the Packers system, providing a power gear and a reason for teams to put more linebackers in tight toward the line of scrimmage, opening up passing lanes for Aaron Rodgers.

If he's productive and can beat the 30-year-old wall, which he will "hit" in January.

That's part of what Ted Thompson, the Packers GM, has to consider.

However, the Packers have often proven they could creatively find salary cap solutions, and sometimes, the urge to win a championship can get players to sometimes give slight "discounts" to help a team load up on weaponry.

Time will tell...perhaps a very short time.