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“He’s as great player,” Ponder said of Jennings earlier this week. “He’s been doing great things in Green Bay, and he’d bring leadership to that position. Kind of a dynamic guy you can put in the slot and outside. I’ve always admired his work in Green Bay, and he seems like a great guy to have on a team.”

The move was somewhat surprising from Spielman, who has preached that he wants to build through the draft rather than make many big splashes in the free agent market. He hinted at the opening of free agency that the Vikings would stay true to that philosophy, and they did through the first few days.

They locked up their own free agents, including right tackle Phil Loadholt and fullback Jerome Felton, and signed backup quarterback Matt Cassel to a one-year deal.

But it turns out that the chance to add Jennings to help Ponder proved too much to pass up.


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