Green Bay Inks Jennings, Releases Cross


Finalizing terms with another draft choice, the Green Bay Packers Monday signed wide receiver Greg Jennings, the club's second of two selections in the second round. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, announced the signing.

In addition Monday, the team released tight end Garrett Cross.

Jennings, a 5-foot-11, 197-pound talent out of Western Michigan, was the 52nd overall selection. Acquired with a choice Green Bay obtained from New England in a draft-day trade, Jennings was the fourth wide receiver chosen behind Santonio Holmes, Chad Jackson and Sinorice Moss.

The Kalamazoo, Mich., product led the nation in receptions per game (8.91) in his 2005 senior season. Also last year, he became the first Mid-American Conference performer to earn league MVP and offensive player of the year recognition in the same season since Randy Moss of Marshall did so in 1997. Jennings attended the same high school (Kalamazoo Central) as New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter.

With Jennings' signing, six draft picks are under contract, including defensive end Dave Tollefson (June 23), defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (July 7), safety Tyrone Culver (July 11), cornerback Will Blackmon (July 14) and tackle/guard Tony Moll (Tuesday). The Packers led the league in 2006 with 12 draft choices.

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