Greg Jennings released by Minnesota Vikings, could Raiders be interested?

Greg Jennings released by Minnesota Vikings, could Raiders be interested?

The Minnesota Vikings on Saturday released wide receiver Greg Jennings just two seasons into the five-year, $45 million free-agent deal he signed in 2013, when he bolted from the Green Bay Packers to their division rival to the west.

The Vikings were about $8-9 million under the salary cap after trading for Wallace Friday. The speedster has a 2015 base salary of $9.9 million and is under contract through 2017. He is scheduled to make $11.5 million in each of the contract”™s final two years.

By releasing Jennings, the Vikings will free up at least $5 million in cap space. If they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they can save $9 million in space but dead money will carry into 2016.

The Vikings signed Jennings to a lucrative deal in 2013 because they were desperate to add a veteran pass-catcher for Christian Ponder, their “œquarterback of the future” at the time. Jennings was solid despite having to run routes for four starting quarterbacks in two seasons with the Vikings.

In 2013, he caught 68 passes for 804 yards and four touchdowns. In 2014, he caught 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns. His chemistry with then-rookie Teddy Bridgewater seemed to be growing down the stretch, as he caught four touchdown passes in the final six games.

But the Vikings felt they needed to upgrade the position and dealt for Wallace.

It is not known if the Vikings asked Jennings to take a pay cut before releasing him.

Now the 31-year-old, who started his career and won a Super Bowl with the Packers, is a free agent.