Jermichael Finley’s Future Still Up in the Air

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Jermichael Finley gets his groove back

Jermichael Finley gets his groove back

The Green Bay Packers have some decisions to make and it appears as if tight end Jermichael Finley is at the center of those decisions. Bob McGinn is reporting the team is still considering releasing Finley.

This comes after the report that the Packers are considering using the franchise tag on receiver Greg Jennings. It would cost the Packers $10.36 million to tag Jennings and the team has around $21 million in salary cap space. They would need to create more room if they planned on signing anyone else this offseason. Their draft class and restricted free agents will take up around $10 million of that space.

That means Finley and his $8.25 million salary would be the logical choice to make room for Jennings.

The Journal Sentinel also learned that the Packers remain torn about the future of polarizing tight end Jermichael Finley.

Sources indicated that Thompson and the coaching staff appear to favor keeping Finley, while other people within the organization, including members of the personnel department, favor his release.

We could see this playing out a number of ways.

First, the Packers could just ask Finley to restructure his deal. He’s in the final year of the two-year deal he signed last offseason. The Packers could lower Finley’s cap number this season in exchange for a long-term deal that offers some security.

Another option is the Packers sign Jennings to the franchise tender and trade him. A trade allows them to get something in return for Jennings, wipe that $10 million salary off their books and keep Finley.

Obviously, the other options are to keep Jennings and jettison Finley or the two least likely scenarios — get rid of both or keep both.

By keeping both, the Packers have very little flexibility with their cap at a time when they want to extend Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers and B.J. Raji. Getting rid of both would hurt their receiving corp.

The Packers are much better equipped to absorb the loss of Jennings with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb waiting in the wings. If they lose Finley, there’s not a clear No. 1 tight end on the roster. What’s more, none of the tight ends on the roster have shown much in the passing game.

The situation that’s probably best for the Packers long-term is not carrying Jennings’ salary — one way or another — and restructuring Finley’s deal. If the Packers franchise Jennings and can find a trade parter, more power to them.

If they can’t, they can always rescind it. Obviously, the easiest route to go is not to use the tag on Jennings.

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13 Comments on "Jermichael Finley’s Future Still Up in the Air"

  1. Iltarion

    Let’s just sign Finley and give him what he wants. He has proven to be a top tight end – Rodgers doesn’t thow him the ball enough.

  2. longtimepackersfanin Texas

    Get rid of Finley…can’t stand whiners…and find a way to keep Jennings. With Aaron you can’t have too many receivers especially if we are going to keep primarily throwing the ball.

  3. cd4packers

    Well, if it were up to me…I would keep Jennings and ditch Finely. To me that’s a no brainer. However, Jennings obviously thinks he is going…he put his house up for sale right? Finley has proven to be more of a detriment than an asset. Why hesitate? Packers need a good, dependable TE that can block and catch a ball with out dropping it. Is that too much to ask?

  4. Patrick

    Release Finley, for god sake. Please. Move Jones to tight end if you must. Or promote crabtree and, on plays where the tight end is the primary target, put the punter in at quarterback. Crabtree and the ginger punter only make touchdowns. On a serious note, let finley go, please. Also, I hate that stupid dance he does.

  5. Savage57

    Here’s the plan.

    Re-sign FinMe for something around $5M per year, structure it however TT and his agent agree makes the most sense.

    Take the $3.25M that the team saves, apply that and the $1M they are no longer paying Driver and then make that extra $4.25M earnable by Jennings as real, tangible incentives.

    The result:

    FinMe’s contract pays him what he’s worth based on his performance on the field, not his mouth and the hype machine off of it.\

    Jennings gets a contract that does three things:

    1) Holds a big enough total number that he feels the love from the Pack. He has been “shown the money”.

    2)The Packers, through the incentives, are protected from injury related risks with Jennings.

    3) Keeps the guy who has been the biggest playmaker on offense after AR in the stable without the distraction and media circus involved in the whole free-agency dance.

    Oh, and by the way, I just saw a couple pigs fly past…

  6. DJ

    On football merits…I’d def launch Finley and try to keep Jennings too. But I doubt that is even a remote possibility given the cash Jennings wants. I kinda like the restructure Finley’s deal & tag Jennings then trade him idea….might as well get something for him. I could stomach another season of Finley if it means re signing those other guys, staying under/at the cap, and picking up a draft pick/pos need via trade. Its better than them both leaving while the organization sits there with dick in hand. And Rodgers cant have enuff weapons & Finley is that bcuz defenses respect him…even if that weapon drops half the balls thrown to him. lol It’ll be interesting to see what happens!

  7. ay hombre

    A year ago, two years ago…maybe even six months ago I would have been all for Jennings and out with Finley. In fact I’ve been very vocal over the years about us getting rid of Finley, but I’m pulling a 180.

    Who is younger and has more upside? Finley
    Who wants to be in Green Bay and be a Packer? Finley
    Who is often a dumbass and should never be allowed to speak to the press? Finley

    So as you can clearly see from this very scientific study, Finley stays.

    Also there’s the new attitude and relationship he has with Rodgers which I believe to be genuine. He’s still really young and might just be finally growing up. He wants to be here and his actions have demonstrated that.

    Being that both Finley and Jennings have either personally or had family members air concerns about Rodgers’ leadership, it’s about time we consider that there’s something to it and so should our quarterback.

  8. Patrick

    Aaron’s leadership? Dude is paid to throw the ball. McCarthy is paid for leadership. And who cares what any of them say? ESPN is in charge of talking. Finley straight up doesn’t catch the ball, or block. He is not a rookie, not even a third year guy. He should be capable of catching by now. At least Jennings can catch, I think he even blocks better.

  9. Devrrickk

    The decision to keep Finley should be a no-brainer. We are talking about only ONE more year here, and face it, there aren’t any better options at TE on the roster (unless we’re talking free agency).

    It simply doesn’t make sense to cut Finley and replace him with yet another unproven rookie in the upcoming draft. If the decision came down to a contract renegotiation, would J-Mike really refuse it and walk?

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