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Packers don't franchise Jennings

Image: Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers (© Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)
Greg Jennings enjoyed several successful seasons in Green Bay
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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

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The path is now clear for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings to leave via free agency.

A source told FOXSports.com that the Packers decided against using their franchise tag on Jennings, whose contract expired at the end of last season.

Green Bay had weighed doing so but such a move would have consumed $10.54 million of the team's $123 million salary cap. The Packers also have depth at the wide receiver position with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones under contract.

Jennings, 29, was limited to eight games last season because of a groin injury. He became one of the NFL's most prolific wide receivers during his seven seasons in Green Bay and was especially productive in the deep passing game.

Jennings is considered one of the top wideouts set to hit the market when the free-agent signing period begins March 12.

The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise tag was Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

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