Green Bay Packers: Why Jermichael Finley's New Contract Is Perfect

Michael KimbleContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a play against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jermichael Finley's new contract with the Green Bay Packers is not only money well spent, but the Packers also invested the perfect amount of time and money into Finley.

Finley has great potential in this league; his athletic ability and his versatility makes him a huge threat in the passing game. While some people may question his boisterous character, or even his focus, he is a talented player with tremendous upside, and the Packers were smart to re-sign him.

They were also smart not to franchise tag him. It was clear that Finley wouldn't have been happy with the tag, and this can commonly lead to problems, whether it is a holdout like Brandon Marshall or Chris Johnson, or simply not giving 100 percent, like DeSean Jackson seemed to be doing this year.

Had Finley been franchised, the Packers would have had to invest a lot of money in him for one year, when he would not have been very happy anyways.

But while Finley is a talented player, making him one of the highest paid tight ends in the league wasn't necessarily the answer, either. While Finley had a solid 16-game season this year, it was by no means worthy of being paid like the best tight end in the league. And also consider the fact that this was Finley's only full 16-game season. He has had on-and-off problems with injuries the two years prior.

Finley's character issues have been a concern for some people, as well. He is not shy about his talent, and his boisterous personality sometimes rubs people the wrong way, especially if he goes through a season with several frustrating drops. A sometimes over-the-top personality, mixed in with questionable focus on the field, will sometimes give a player the reputation of a guy like Chad Ochocinco: a guy who came to New England this year, but despite all of his talk, was barely a factor.

However, I personally believe that Finley is a talent that the Packers cannot pass up, and despite his somewhat off-the-wall personality, he is a smart football player who is determined to be one of the best in the league.

Ted Thompson and the Packers were wise to re-sign Finley, because now they are set at tight end for the foreseeable future, and if Finley works out well for the next two years, the Packers will likely be able to sign him for a bigger contract, and they will have him for a long time. And if he doesn't work out, the Packers can cut him loose without investing a lot of money in him, and with Ted Thompson's superior eye for talent, they can try and draft another tight end for the foreseeable future.