Miami Dolphins wide receiver Greg Jennings, who played for the Green Bay Packers before spending the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, says that a conversation with Mike Tannenbaum, the Miami Dolphins vice president of football operations, was the key in his decision to sign with the Dolphins in March.
"There were just a few things I had that I wanted to share with him personally, because everybody has a pitch. Everybody has an angle," Jennings said Monday. "Shoot straight, because I'm going to shoot straight. Every visit, I shared my heart. This is what I'm looking for. I'm looking to be a leader in the locker room. I'm looking to be respected as a man of God, as a football player. Those are the things that are really important to me, and more so who I am, not what I can provide. Those were some of the things we cleared up."
Prior to signing with the Dolphins, Jennings had visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, and he left Miami after his initial visit with some concerns about how he'd fit in there. But that follow-up phone call from Tannenbaum calmed those concerns.
Jennings, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Dolphins, is reunited with head coach Joe Philbin, his former offensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins offense is familiar to him, more so than Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner's downfield passing attack. The Dolphins revamped their receiving corps this offseason, and Jennings will be playing alongside first-round pick DeVante Parker, whom the Dolphins selected with the 14th pick in the draft, as well as Kenny Still and Jarvis Landry.
Jennings, 31, will live in Miami while his family stays back in Minnesota. "That's the nature of our business, but home is home," he said. "The Dolphins were very open. It was great."
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.
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