Looking at Jermichael Finley’s future in Green Bay

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Even though we have no idea when the next free agent period will start, it’s never too early to start looking toward 2012.

The Packers are especially good at planning for the future, and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that G.M. Ted Thompson will have a decision to make on tight end Jermichael Finley sooner than later.

Silverstein believes the Packers will look to add a tight end in the middle rounds of the draft or pick one up in free agency this year because Finley’s contract runs out after 2011, and Andrew Quarless was very quiet last year.

“G.M. Ted Thompson can’t sit around and wait to see if Quarless develops because there’s a very good chance that after this year Finley will demand truckloads of money the Packers aren’t willing to deliver,” Silverstein writes.

Using the franchise tag on Finley would make a lot of sense if a long-term deal is a problem.  Either way, he could make himself a lot of money with a big 2011 campaign.

Finley dominated at the end of 2009 season but only started 10 games that season.  He began 2010 on fire before tearing the lateral meniscus in his knee, but he’s yet to put together a complete Pro Bowl-quality season because of injuries.

My guess is that the Packers would pay Finley plenty, but he has to prove himself for at least a season and possibly two more.

43 responses to “Looking at Jermichael Finley’s future in Green Bay

  1. GB won the SB! It’s a bit early to start what-ifing over Finley, considering he has a year left on his contract.

  2. I would like to see JFin back next year, but he needs to stay healthy for the full year. TT will give him money, and will dump a ton of money in one year like he did to AROD to save cap room for other years. What a genius.

  3. Finley knows where his bread is buttered. Aaron Rodgers is sitting at the end of the table with a loaf of bread, a knife and a stick of butter.

  4. If he would shut his mouth and just play ball, I’d love to keep him. But the constant running of his mouth and patting himself on the back for doing absolutely nothing means I wouldn’t be upset if we parted ways with him.

  5. Finley’s credentials thus far are “potential”…and we can all fill a sheet of paper with names of players who had potential but for whatever reason never accomplished a thing. The only real cred that Finley has shown is his propensity for getting injured.

  6. This article is a stretch, must be a slow day in the newroom. Does this mean we will be reading about every player in the league who’s contract runs out after this year?
    I think Quarless has the potential to be All Pro.

  7. Wow you guys are reaching for articles this time of year!! I mean its bad enough we have to hear about Jen Sterger. Now you just making stuff up to get a story. I would love the Packers to get rid of Finely! Finely has the potential to be their biggest threat on the field. Go Ahead get rid of him! Detroit will walk all over these chumps this year! …right? lol

  8. thephantomstranger says: Apr 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    Most overrated player ever. He had one nice 10-game stretch and now people think he’s the best tight end in the league. Well, some people at least.

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    You obviously didn’t watch him completely destroy the middle of the field before he was injured. Impossible to defend.

  9. Overrated?? I don’t care if all he’s had is one 10 game stretch…there should be no question of Finley’s talent. He is ridiculously good. If healthy, he will receive a well earned monster contract extension from Ted Thompson. Oh, and Tom Silverstein needs to find something relevant to do with his time.

  10. thephantomstranger says: Apr 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    Most overrated player ever. He had one nice 10-game stretch and now people think he’s the best tight end in the league. Well, some people at least.

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    Thanks for the input Visanthe!

  11. The worst thing to happen to Finely was the Super Bowl win without him. If he stays healthy Finely will be a great player but last year proved that there is no need to break the bank for one player unless he is a QB.

  12. All of the people hating on Jermichael Finley…… Where are you going to be when he is a consensus top 5 TE? Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings both say that Finley is the teams number 1 receiver. Finley is going to be a very wealthy man in a few years.

  13. In order to be considered one of the best TE’s in the league, he’ll need one of the best QB’s in the league to get him the ball. He’s got that. Some guys play for the money and really don’t care about winning anything….if it happens it happens, if not..no big deal. I don’t think he’s one of those guys. If he demonstrates an ability to stay healthy (for once,) he’ll want another deal with Green Bay just as much as they’ll want one with him. And if he gets hurt again, they’ll have to win the next SuperBowl without him…just like this year.

  14. He’s a gifted athlete, best hands on the team. But the injury concern is real. How many guys come back completely, full speed ahead from knee injuries and a staph infection like Finley has had? Tom Brady did it but he doesn’t need to move and cut like a receiving TE does.

    The guy has had maturity issues but I think he’s growing in that sense. Rodgers loves him, and he hasn’t been shy about calling out anyone who isn’t working hard enough. Finley has loads of talent but he absolutely has a lot to prove before they open the vault for him. I hope he’s mature enough to understand that.

  15. TT will lock him up. He’s the Packers most dominate recieveing threat, he’s young and Finley is a perfect example of why TT doesn’t go big in free agency – so he can lock up young beasts like Trammon and soon Finley.

    As for dudes saying this cat is overrated they clearly are either haters or don’t watch a lot of Packer games when he plays. Injury prone for sure, but absolutely unstoppable when he’s healthy. Unstoppable in the seem. He will be top 5 TE after next year.

  16. thedisbackindtown says: Apr 13, 2011 10:45 AM

    Wow you guys are reaching for articles this time of year!! I mean its bad enough we have to hear about Jen Sterger. Now you just making stuff up to get a story. I would love the Packers to get rid of Finely! Finely has the potential to be their biggest threat on the field. Go Ahead get rid of him! Detroit will walk all over these chumps this year! …right? lol

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    The Lions will be lucky to win 6 games again.

  17. Finely has the potential to be a great player, but he’s not there yet. Just because he has the tools, doesn’t make him the best.

    Let us not forget at the beginning of last season Rodgers tried to force feed him the ball and Jennings was non existent. The Packers did not start playing better until Finely was gone.

  18. Interesting that Finley gets all the ink, here. Brandon Pettigrew of the Lions broke all of Charlie Sanders’ Detroit receiving records at tight end last year, and no one ever heard of him.

    Finley is very good, but he is also fragile, and given that he has trouble staying on the field, he might not even be the best TE in the NFC North. Remember the Vikings’ Visanthe Shancoe also plays there, and he and Pettigrew both deserve serious consideration. Shame about the Bears, huh?

    The Packers obviously wanted Quarless to be more productive last season, but unless he suddenly develops, Finley will get his money. Now all he has to do is stay healthy.

  19. Top 10 NFL TEs IMO:

    1.) Vernon Davis
    2.) Antonio Gates
    3.) Dallas Clark
    4.) Jermichael Finley
    5.) Rob Gronkowski
    6.) Zach Miller (OAK)
    7.) Tony Gonzalez
    8.) Owen Daniels
    9.) John Carlson
    10.) Aaron Hernandez

    Notice a few trends here?

    First of all, these guys are rarely healthy, as they take so much punishment at the position due to their inability to avoid big hits.

    Secondly, nary a single one on this list is an elite run-blocker. More and more of the prospects at this position are giant WRs more than they are mobile OTs. That is the trend in recent drafts – exploit the smaller, faster defensive players of recent years with huge TEs.

  20. Finely has the potential to be a great player, but he’s not there yet. Just because he has the tools, doesn’t make him the best.

    Let us not forget at the beginning of last season Rodgers tried to force feed him the ball and Jennings was non existent. The Packers did not start playing better until Finely was gone.
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    You are right. But that’s not on Finley. That shows just how much faith that Rodgers has in Finley. Finley was double and even triple covered, but Rodgers was STILL throwing him the ball. Finley’s catch rate was very high despite this.

  21. Back in 1994 it took an injury to the Packers best player Sterling Sharpe for Brett Favre to reach to a higher potential…….I think the first part of this year, the same thing happened with Finley. It was too easy for Rodgers to stare him down in a pinch.

    After Finley went down, it took a couple games to adjust, but Jennings, Jones and Nelson all put up career years because rodgers had to learn to spread the wealth and not Zero in on Finley.

    He’s a great piece to add to our receiver group, especially with Jones probably gone, Can the Packers win without him, Yes they proved that.

    Do we want to have him? Yes as long as it’s not at the risk of the locker room harmony or the Chemistry on the field.

  22. The last thing packer fans want to see is this guy in a purple jersey, or for that matter, donning orange and blue with da bears!..Lock him up Teddy!!He has the talent to become the next and I quote” Antonio Gates”!!

  23. If he is healthy all of 2011 he may lead the league in receptions. He is Rodgers favorite target and is Rodgers bailout guy when he has to get rid of the ball quickly.

    Dude is ridiculous. Look at the game he had in the playoffs against the Cards in the epic shootout. May have some of the best hands in the NFL.

    Greg Olson & Visanthe? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaah

    Should be a 11 or 12 win season up in GB this year with a home playoff game or two. (ie. Easier road to the Super Bowl). Besides the fans that did not have seats want to attend in Indy on Goodalls dime this year.

  24. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says:
    Apr 13, 2011 10:47 AM
    thephantomstranger says: Apr 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    Most overrated player ever. He had one nice 10-game stretch and now people think he’s the best tight end in the league. Well, some people at least.

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    Thanks for the input Visanthe!
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    How did you know?

    I think if you look at the numbers you’ll see that I probably had a 10-game stretch that was just as good as Finley’s.

  25. A packer player (finley)has 10 game strech and he is the best-A viking player (rice)has a great year 16 games-and hes just average-packer homers-wow-packer fan quote”he only had a good year because of favre”next packer fan quote” favre is garbage”packer fans stop with the “we “crap you do not play for the team-

  26. Ya gotta love the “homerism” of the Pack fans. Say something that isn’t 100% positive about a packer player and the rednecks can’t wait to accuse you of “hating” on the packers. There is a reason why packer fans are sometimes said to be the #1 nfl fans of their team…….they could get hit over the head by a 2×4 by a packer player and would claim it was their own fault for being in the way. Nobody is “hating” on J. Finley….just stating the facts and the obvious, the guy has been injury prone. I like Finley’s potential, but I can’t list him as an elite TE when he spends more time off the active roster than on it. ….that ain’t “hating”, it’s just a fact.

  27. Boy this could take a total different turn if we want to talk about Packer fans! I could go on for days! #1 PROBLEM i have with “Packer Fans” is your hate for Brett Favre! I mean come on.. hate? This dude showed up to every game for 16 years! EVERY GAME! Then these fans say “he put us in bad situations all the time!” At least he put you in a situation! Try being a Lions fan for the last 16 years. Not knowing who was going to start at QB…wasting 4 to 6 years on USELESS QBs. You packer fans think you have the right to bi$ch? Get over yourself! A bunch of spoiled little cheese heads if you ask me.

    If Barry Sanders was traded to the Packers. I would still root for Barry. In fact i wish he would have got traded to a team with a shot. I felt bad that he didn t get rewarded for his extreme talent.

    That is my first problem with packer fans! Like i said i could go on for days!

    Go Lions!

  28. you don’t understand competitive nature if you don’t understand how packers fans could hate anybody for wanting to play for the hated rival. he plays for the vikings= we hate him, regardless if he used to play for the packers. end of story. he became dead to us when he wore purple.

  29. Most overrated player ever? How utterly moronic that statement is. You can’t possible say that about a guy until he’s at the end of his career. If he comes back next year and makes the Pro Bowl, you will exposed for an idiot.

  30. He’s turned out better than I thought he would. Too bad he can’t stay on the field. And last years injury is especially bad since he is now a FA. Good luck and stay healthy.

  31. This is a really lame article. First, Finley is either going to get tagged or franchised depending on the year he has and that’s talking 2 years from now. Then 3 years from now, either he’s stayed healthy for a couple years and been the phenom us Packer fans and owners expect or he hits the bricks. No injury excuses or other bull…

    Even then, TE’s don’t make crap, I think the top contract is 6 mil.

    Brinks trucks for TE? Seriously, on a map Green Bay and vikeland may appear close, but the kind of Tom-foolery that transpires out west with contracts doesn’t happen in Green Bay and never will.

  32. blackheld says: Apr 13, 2011 11:38 AM

    Interesting that Finley gets all the ink, here. Brandon Pettigrew of the Lions broke all of Charlie Sanders’ Detroit receiving records at tight end last year, and no one ever heard of him.

    Finley is very good, but he is also fragile, and given that he has trouble staying on the field, he might not even be the best TE in the NFC North. Remember the Vikings’ Visanthe Shancoe also plays there, and he and Pettigrew both deserve serious consideration. Shame about the Bears, huh?

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    Pettigrew put up 722 yards with 4 TDs in 16 games.

    Shiancoe put up 530 yards with 2 TDs in 16 games.

    Finley put up 301 yards with 1 TD in 4 games.

    Yeah, he’s overrated. Simple fact is he is on the field and he’s dominate. Yep, 24 years old, absolutely can’t recover from his injury.

    Christ.

  33. goombar2 says:
    Apr 13, 2011 7:41 PM

    Brinks trucks for TE? Seriously, on a map Green Bay and vikeland may appear close, but the kind of Tom-foolery that transpires out west with contracts doesn’t happen in Green Bay and never will.
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    You mean like giving a 7 year, $52 million contract to a soon-to-be 30-year-old CB who had missed most of 3 of the last 4 seasons with injuries? Yeah, that would never happen in Green Bay…..

  34. You people are idiots. ONE INJURY makes someone injury prone? FFS! Aaron Rodgers broke his foot against the Patriots in ’08 and missed the rest of the season… HE’S INJURY PRONE! OMG! Aaron Rodgers is never going to achieve anything because of all the injuries!!!!

    Finley is one of the best TEs in the game, and one injury does not make you injury prone.

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