Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley hasn’t quite met expectations since he was drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft, but it appears general manager Ted Thompson isn’t ready to part ways just yet.
With a $3 million roster bonus due March 25, there was speculation that the Packers might attempt to move their starting tight end to avoid the substantial payment.
According to Finley’s personal Twitter account, that doesn’t appear to be the case:Finley’s current contract doesn’t expire until after the 2013 season, during which he is scheduled to make $8.25 million (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter):
The 25-year-old (who turns 26 on March 26) University of Texas product has caught 116 passes for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns in the last two seasons, though his 2012 season stats (667 yards and two touchdowns) aren’t what the Packers want to see going forward.
Packers TE Jermichael Finley, due a $3 million roster bonus by 4 pm today, will remain in Green Bay and make $8.25 million this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2013
Was retaining Jermichael Finley for the 2013 season the right move for the Packers?
When healthy, Finley offers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers a big target who can stretch the field and open up the passing game for receivers Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb.
With his contract now secure for 2013, he’ll again have an opportunity to prove he can be the game-changer Green Bay hopes he can be.