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Packers don’t want to use franchise tag on Jermichael Finley

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Jermichael Finley had some issues with dropped passes this season, but the Packers still want to keep their tight end around.

And not just for one year. Finley’s agent Blake Baratz told the Green Bay Post-Gazette that the team would like to sign his client to a long-term deal instead of using the franchise tag. The feeling is mutual.

“We’ve been speaking and they’ve made it clear they would like him to be back there and Jermichael’s made it clear he would like to be back there,” Baratz said. “Now that the season’s over there’s a little more time to time to focus on the particulars.”

Finley set career highs with 55 catches, 767 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He also dropped 11 passes in the regular season and had a couple more in the playoff loss to the Giants, but those drops didn’t do much to mitigate his importance to the Green Bay offense.

The big sticking point could be that importance and the way the Packers use Finley. As the Post-Gazette points out, there’s a wide disparity between the way tight ends and wide receivers are valued under the franchise tag and Mike McCarthy has said that they view Finley in much the same way as they view a wide receiver. If push did come to shove and the franchise tag came into play, Baratz and Finley could push to have him classified as a receiver or as a hybrid like Terrell Suggs with the Ravens.

With other tight ends like Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez also blurring the lines and putting up big numbers, there is a big change coming in the valuation of tight ends. Finley is the first of those players to hit the open market and his contract will help create that valuation going forward.

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72 Responses to “Packers don’t want to use franchise tag on Jermichael Finley”
  1. mikeeg says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Maybe he can do a butterfingers commercial?

  2. tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    He didnt do anything v. the Giants, and Gronkowski definitely outplayed him last weekend. Hell, Jimmy Graham is the dominant TE in this league.

    11 dropped passes? See ya.

  3. gnarlesbarkley says: Jan 20, 2012 9:24 AM

    Fred Belitnekoff should be the new Tight Ends Coach for the Packers. Terra-Bull.

  4. cameran0804 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:27 AM

    I HATE the packers, but this dude is a beast & one of rodgers fav targets!! keep him around!!!

  5. tombradysponytail says: Jan 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    It’s very frustrating. He could be a dominant force if he could get rid of those drops. Maybe he should go to the Nike vision camp…

  6. kya_tropic_fan says: Jan 20, 2012 9:31 AM

    Packers don’t want to use franchise tag on Jermichael Finley….because using it on Flynn will get them more in return when a team desperate for a QB makes a move…

  7. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 20, 2012 9:31 AM

    At least he is consistent at being terrible during FF Playoffs and the real playoffs.

  8. svcfilmguy says: Jan 20, 2012 9:33 AM

    I’d be very reluctant to give him a long-term deal. He seems like a good candidate for the “post-contract lazies.” The Packers have, in general, done a great job of replacing expensive players with younger, cheaper options and not missing a beat. Franchise Flynn, pick up a pick or two, and continue to get younger. If Finley agrees to a team-friendly contract, great. But if he wants top-5 money, bye bye. Not worth it.

  9. martylaughlin says: Jan 20, 2012 9:38 AM

    He is the worst. Most overrated guy in the league, cant catch the ball, cries when hes not getting 10 targets a game. Turrible

  10. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 20, 2012 9:38 AM

    One of the most overrated players in the NFL. I don’t care what kind of freakish physical ability he has. The dude can’t catch the ball. 55 catches and 11 drops? That means that 1 out of every 6 balls that hit him between the numbers he drops. That’s awful for your average college TE, let alone an NFL pro.

  11. getsome636 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:39 AM

    Hopefully he was a little distracted this season with the contract and all. No doubt about it, he was inconsistent this year. However, before this year he was automatic when he got his hands on the ball. I think this was the best case scenario since now he might be signed for less since he had a rough year.

  12. rpiotr01 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:40 AM

    The guy just finished his third full season. He’s only 24. Some guys blow the doors off the gate coming out of college, some guys take longer to mature.

    Vernon Davis had similar issues his first couple years, both with on field performance and attitude. Looking at how he’s matured as a player and a person I don’t think anyone could argue that the 49ers would have been wise to cut him.

    Finley was extremely raw coming out of college. This is his first full season after his knee injury. He’s so young still. This guy is going to be a very good player for GB. Even with a modest extension of 3-4 years, he’d still hit UFA once again in the prime of his career.

  13. nxsteven says: Jan 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    Willing to bet they could get a good deal for this guy after an injury and then a 55 catch season with 11 drops which HAS to lead the league is drop percentage.

    Bank on his upside?

  14. hscorpio says: Jan 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    Finley has comparable talent to those other elite TEs but he has not posting comparable stats. I doubt guys that are breaking records for TE production will want comparable contracts. They’ll want more. And deserve more.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Finley. The Packers may not want to franchise him but Finley may think he is worth more on the open market than the Packers think his production warrants. So they may not have any choice, if they really want to keep him.

  15. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jan 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    if only he could learn to catch the ball with his big mouth…

  16. theeclevelandsteamer says: Jan 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    I am not sure why this guy has been annointed as “great” and given so much latitude with his drops? Those drops equate to turnovers when they occur on 3rd downs and in key drives – as was evident in the Giants game. It is who he is, its not changing. He’s 4 years in, he is what he is.

    Are the Patriots or Saints having to wait for their TE’s to get over something like drops? Hell no. Did Driver/Jennings have the drops early on and then get great? no.

    Do we ever hear anything about his run blocking? no.

    J’Michaels hands, attitude and mouth remind me all too much of Braylon Edwards.

    I think Parcels once said “You are what you are.” Mans game, stop dreaming about “potential” with this guy already and move on.

    - Thee Cleveland Steamer

  17. jimnsota says: Jan 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    I like when he catches a ball short of the first down. Then he sprints to the middle of the field so everyone can acknowledge he did his job.

  18. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Jan 20, 2012 9:49 AM

    Wasted a fantasy draft pick on this guy. Overrated.

  19. nogoodell says: Jan 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    Punters make on average more than TEs… let’s quit drafting TEs in the first round

  20. jessethegreat says: Jan 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    All the part time armchair gm’s around the league telling us how there’s no way the Packers use the franchise tag on Flynn instead of Finley can quit preaching now. As I said before, Flynn will get the tag.

  21. packerstexansfan says: Jan 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    I hope we keep him. He’s not a lost cause just yet. He had problems holding on to the ball this season, but I think he can overcome that.

  22. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:53 AM

    He had a hell of a season till about week 11/12 when he started droppin like its hot

  23. mavajo says: Jan 20, 2012 9:55 AM

    So this is why he was dropping all those passes. He wanted the season to hurry up and end so they could start negotiating.

  24. bordner says: Jan 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    With Quarless possibly being out for all of next season, they should have extra motivation to sign him. Just because he’s not the best tight end in the league, you don’t let him go. He’s still the best tight end on the team.

    Dropped passes are correctable, and he’s got the talent and the speed to make a difference on every play with that offense. They should definitely resign him, just not to the blockbuster contract that he was looking for when the season began.

  25. stanklepoot says: Jan 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    He didnt do anything v. the Giants, and Gronkowski definitely outplayed him last weekend. Hell, Jimmy Graham is the dominant TE in this league.

    11 dropped passes? See ya.
    _________________________
    Have to disagree with you on one point. I’d take Gronkowski over Graham any day. Gronkowski gives you every bit of the production that you can get from Graham, but unlike the TEs who are converted basketball players, Gronkowski is a good blocker. I don’t think we’ve seen a TE who is both this excellent and this well-rounded since Ditka.

  26. monsterscream says: Jan 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    wait…the Packers season is (GULP)…OVER??

  27. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    Good. Guy doesn’t deserve it. So far he’s nothing but hype.

  28. bozz2006 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:00 AM

    I’ve been as hard on him as anybody, but I do think it’s the smart move to try and keep him. Drops have been a problem for Nelson and Jones in years past, and they’ve improved a lot. Hopefully Finley can do the same. What can’t be denied is the matchup problems he creates and the opportunities he opens for other receivers just because of the extra coverage he draws. I hope we can sign him for at least four years, and pay him commensurately for the work he’s done.

  29. moneymike23 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:04 AM

    get rid of him and sign Aaron Hernandez in 2 years.

  30. packerpride03 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:04 AM

    His play is average. He is living off of the game in Arizona. Pack don’t want to pay him franchise tag money bc they know he isn’t worth it. I think he needs to shut his mouth and play and live up to all the hype.

  31. roastbeefsandwich says: Jan 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    Why would they keep him? He has the physical attributes but is a proven diva and doesn’t work hard enough to make it count.

    The offense will be fine without him. Arod might not post up a 120 QB rating, but they don’t need that if they would fix that broken defense.

  32. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    jessethegreat, Using the tag on Flynn wont happen because it would be the stupidest thing they could do. Why would you give your backup QB $6 million more than your possible MVP starter with no guarantee they will get anything worthwhile in return?

  33. dfinpds says: Jan 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    Trade him for a decent olb who can rush the passer to play opposite clay…….

  34. hendawg21 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:17 AM

    You know back in the day when stick’em was in great use and defenses were allowed to really maul receivers those guys were great…these days no stick’em the defense can’t touch receivers and they seem to drop more balls and can’t get open…i’d really like to see some of the great receivers of the past play in today’s football world!!!

  35. glac1 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:32 AM

    Pay what he’s worth… an average tight end.

  36. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jan 20, 2012 10:33 AM

    tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    He didnt do anything v. the Giants, and Gronkowski definitely outplayed him last weekend. Hell, Jimmy Graham is the dominant TE in this league.

    11 dropped passes? See ya.
    —————-
    Everything you said was true. Nice sample size you used with just last weekend. He’s an NFL washout with no talent, right?

    People with your logic are what’s wrong with this country.

  37. daknight93 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:38 AM

    he’s ok..not worth tag tho…just isn’t a clutch tight end, drops too many passes

  38. fritz1218 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:47 AM

    theeclevelandsteamer===With your name i have no idea how close you’ve followed Jennings and Driver. You are correct about Jennings but off a little with Driver(my favorite player). When he first got here he caught everything thrown his way in camp and made us cheer with his circus catches in camp. Note I said ‘in camp’ but come preseason games he had the started dropping balls and that happened for over a year then everything fell in place for him and he’s been a stud every since.
    A couple years ago I think a good share of us fans would have given up on Crosby also but Ted and Mike saw things differently and didn’t give up on him. As sick as Finley’s drops and his mouth have made me feel about him I think we should leave this decision up to Ted and Mike. They could be wrong but not as often as us fans.

  39. purpleguy says: Jan 20, 2012 10:51 AM

    At least this year he shut his yapper and played ball. If he next works on catching the ball for a reasonable price, he’d be nuts to leave his present QB and offense.

  40. thejuddstir says: Jan 20, 2012 10:52 AM

    Finley has definitely shown flashes of brilliance but his numbers speak for volumes, he’s but a better than average TE. His problem seems to be that he thinks he is an elite TE and doesn’t have to do the small things on the field to prove it…..like catch the damn ball. 3-4 years of potential shouldn’t equal big money, i agree with some previous posters, if they give him big money now they risk having a player who doesn’t try to improve and thus justify the big money. After showing potential his first couple of years, McCarthy should’ve taken this punk aside this year and tell him it’s time to put your money where your mouth is or otherwise shut the hell up. Finley hasn’t found a microphone that he doesn’t like but he is starting to remind people of someone named Rex Ryan…..talk is cheap Finley, it’s time to put up or shut up.

  41. getsome636 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:53 AM

    44 of his 55 catches were first downs, he was third in TDs, 5th is yds/reception. So he had some drops this year, it happens. He is known to have great hands, so it is obviously in his head. The only question is whether he can fix it.

  42. truthserum4u says: Jan 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    jessethegreat says:Jan 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    All the part time armchair gm’s around the league telling us how there’s no way the Packers use the franchise tag on Flynn instead of Finley can quit preaching now. As I said before, Flynn will get the tag.
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    There’s a logical reason people are skeptical of Flynn getting the franchise tag; the risk is huge.

    Flynn would sign before the ink was dry, thus putting a price tag of over $14 million for 2012. What team would be willing to commit that kind of money to someone who has started just two NFL games? And then be willing to give up something to get him on top of it? If no one wants to ante up, the Packers would be stuck with a back-up QB sitting on the bench eating up cap space. That would be a major blunder.

    While the media loves to froth at the mouth and over react to the accomplishments of the flavor of the month, level heads should prevail amongst football people. If I can see Flynn had his success with a very talented receiving corp, against two sub-par pass defenses who had practically no time to prepare for him and very little game tape on him; then I’m pretty sure GMs around the league can figure that out too.

    And I consider myself a full time arm chair gm thank you!

  43. ebeg420 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:00 AM

    He’d be much better if he used some stick ‘em…..

    By the way, don’t let GB fool you, you know why they’re not using the Franchise tag on him…..because of Matty Flynn, another Matt Cassell situation coming.

  44. mossholder says: Jan 20, 2012 11:04 AM

    Dude is 24 years old and the sky is the limit for him. Finley had some mental lapses this year but that’s going to happen when you draft young talent instead of pursue an aging star (Packers were interested in Tony Gonzalez a few years ago)

    It was obvious that the offensive scheme revolved around the receivers this year partly because of the lock-out. Finley will get implemented more this upcoming offseason and he’ll be the player we all saw in 2010 for the first few weeks.

  45. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 20, 2012 11:09 AM

    He IS a very good player but he is also in a system that showcases the tight end.

    Put him in Baltimore and he doesn’t have those numbers.

    The Packers should offer him a contract that pays him the average of all starters at tight end in the league and throw in 15% more as a raise.

    If he does not like it then let him walk.

  46. ron69 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:12 AM

    Translation: they want a long term deal but if there isn’t he’ll be tagged.

  47. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 20, 2012 11:12 AM

    truthserum4u says: Jan 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    There’s a logical reason people are skeptical of Flynn getting the franchise tag; the risk is huge.

    —————————

    No there isn’t. The only way the Pack do that is that they ALREADY have a deal in place to trade hm for draft picks. If no team wants to make a trade then he a free agent.

  48. ern215 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:18 AM

    welcome to the oakland raiders, mr finley

  49. anthonydilweg says: Jan 20, 2012 11:26 AM

    I’ve always liked finley but there’s no room for a guy who drops this many passes on Green Bays offense. Rodgers has plenty of weapons. He’s taking opportunities away from guys that don’t drop balls very often. James jones, driver, Cobb…GB needs to focus on the guys that show up on Sundays.

    Sadly his confidence is shaken, like it or not…potential or not both parties need to move on. I don’t see this guy getting rid of his dropsies in GB. A new team might wipe the slate clean and allow him to regain that confidence. Every drop in the future that he has in Green Bay will have the “here we go again” feel.

    Move On…even if it means some team gets a beast of a TE…I don’t see him reaching his full potential in GB with his confidence so far in the gutter right now. You can’t pay everyone 6-8 million a year anyway. Save it for a game day performer.

  50. ajschn06 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:27 AM

    J-Mike and DD are two of the biggest jokes in the league…celebrating every catch like it just saved the season….

  51. theytukrjobs says: Jan 20, 2012 11:35 AM

    I don’t see why everyone thinks franchising Flynn is the obvious move. If I were a GM for another team I would not be willing to give up high draft picks for the right to pay Flynn elite QB money.

    Do they still have time to trade Flynn or get something for him the old fashioned way or do they have to franchise him to get anything in return?

    Hell if he really is THAT good then trade Rodgers to the Browns for a king’s ransom and build a juggernaut team around Flynn.

  52. goldrush36 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:40 AM

    Jimmy Graham dominates the NFL? He’s a beast getting the ball but he’s also a one trick pony. Goes up and gets the high ball in the most pass happy offense in the history of the league. Gronkowski and Vernon Davis are among the best blocking tight ends in the league as well as being elite receiving weapons. It’s really hard to put a fair comparison on Davis anyway. No matter how much Alex Smith is improved, he is still no Brady or Brees and it is still a run first offense. Finley is just an overpaid equivalent to Delanie Walker. WR explosiveness in a tight end package. Like Finley he also has a problem with ball control too often

  53. chris6523 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:42 AM

    If he wants to get paid like a wide receiver, fine. Pay him like you would any wide receiver who has 4 years in the league with his best season being 55 catches for about 800 yards. No one would break the bank for a wide receiver with those numbers. I think the reason the pack doesn’t want to put the franchise tag on him is because they are getting roughly the same production out of him as they are out of the average of Nelson and Jones put together. They both are making around 3 or 4 million a year. Give Finley that or let someone else over pay for him.

  54. cannonballdookie says: Jan 20, 2012 11:45 AM

    So much athleticism and potential, but none of it matters if you can’t catch the football. They should be willing to move on from him and sign a more sure handed pass catcher. Cooley should reach the market and he’d be a perfect fit in Green Bay and would probably come at a cheaper cost.

  55. upperdecker19 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:52 AM

    Freddie Mitchell’s hands would like to thank Jermichael for lack of an NFC Championship game birth this year.

  56. minnesconsin says: Jan 20, 2012 11:56 AM

    If they can’t come to an agreement on a 3-5 year contract that rewards him commensurately for his production and potential — ie, a better than average TE with potential to become elite — then I don’t think they should tag him either. That’s just putting off the inevitable for another year while younger players fail to develop. That’s not the Packer way.

    I think they either reach a fair deal, or let him walk and continue to develop the 28 tight ends they’ve drafted in the last couple years. I hope it’s the former, not the latter. Is Finley the best tight end in the league? No, he’s not even top 3 right now. But, he is the best tight end on Green Bay’s roster, by a long shot, and he’s young and raw.

    Everyone talks about how selfish he is and how he over-values himself, but I’ve seen nothing to support that. He’s a loudmouth — like half the other dudes in the leaugue — but he’s not a cancer, he’s not making demands to be the highest paid TE in the game. Relax and see how it unfolds, people.

  57. gbfan says: Jan 20, 2012 12:24 PM

    getsome636 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 9:39 AM
    Hopefully he was a little distracted this season with the contract and all. No doubt about it, he was inconsistent this year. However, before this year he was automatic when he got his hands on the ball. I think this was the best case scenario since now he might be signed for less since he had a rough year.

    Best case scenario? I’m guessing you aren’t a Packers fan. If you are, wouldn’t the best case scenario have been him blowing up like he was supposed to this year and helping lead the Pack to another Super Bowl? Instead you’ve got a guy whos confidence has taken a hit and might not ever be the “best tight end in the league” like everyone has been projecting him to be.

  58. dolphins4 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:55 PM

    The Eagles still suck and will never win a Super Bowl.

  59. linemanguy74 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:22 PM

    lets see how he does this week end OH I Forgot !!!!

  60. keevel says: Jan 20, 2012 1:32 PM

    I don’t see why everyone thinks franchising Flynn is the obvious move. If I were a GM for another team I would not be willing to give up high draft picks for the right to pay Flynn elite QB money.

    Do they still have time to trade Flynn or get something for him the old fashioned way or do they have to franchise him to get anything in return?

    Hell if he really is THAT good then trade Rodgers to the Browns for a king’s ransom and build a juggernaut team around Flynn.
    ——————————————————–
    1) Flynn won’t get elite money, he’ll get Fitzpatrick type money.

    2) There is no more time to trade him as free agency is not yet upon us and the trade deadline for last season was last fall

    3) Flynn is worth more another team as a starter than to the Packers. He is “value over replacement”.

  61. getsome636 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    gbfan, I am a Packer fan and have to admit I love Finley. Like a lot of guys have said, he is only 24 years old, and yes I do think he can be a great one. I didnt mean I am glad he had an “off” year, I just met if he had a big year, he would want big money and I was afraid he would walk.

    With the year he had, I thought he might be cheaper and it would work out for the years ahead. I can live with the year he just had if it pays off with 6-8 great years.

    Who would you like to see replace him? And please dont try and tell me Quarless or Taylor. Maybe DJ Williams, but if he was the answer he would have made more plays this year. Finley is 24, Williams is 23, so I guess he is never going to amount to anything ever according to most of these responses.

  62. emperorzero says: Jan 20, 2012 1:43 PM

    I like Finley, but if he expects to get paid like a wide receiver, then you have to let him go in free agency. 11 drops is way too many and he’s not even one of the three best tight ends in the game right now. He is talented, and it’s intriguing to think what he’d be like without the drops, but I wouldn’t pay the guy wide receiver money on potential.

  63. chrisjohnston10 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:50 PM

    All of these people talking about how Matt Flynn is such a great quarterback and should get the franchise tag. He’s 1-1 as a starter. All I remember from last seasons game against the pats was the pick six he threw in the 3rd and the game ending sack he took because he couldn’t run the two minute drill.

  64. woodsa22 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:53 PM

    Guys, this is meaningless! Finley cant hear you because he is still celebrating some 4 yard catch on 3rd and 3, from the GB 27 yard line.

    He celebrates every freaking catch like he just out ran Champ Bailey, lept over Polamalu, and out jumped Charles Woodson, all with Ray Lewis hanging from his face mask.

    I like nothing more than a great play to get an important 1st down, but EVERY SINGLE TIME???????

  65. truthserum4u says: Jan 20, 2012 1:58 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:Jan 20, 2012 11:12 AM

    truthserum4u says: Jan 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    There’s a logical reason people are skeptical of Flynn getting the franchise tag; the risk is huge.

    —————————

    No there isn’t. The only way the Pack do that is that they ALREADY have a deal in place to trade hm for draft picks. If no team wants to make a trade then he a free agent.

    ============================

    He becomes a free agent before trades can be made, so you must be proposing an under-the-table-deal. Franchise tagging a player for the purpose of trading him is technically already prohibited by the CBA. So now they would be compounding that with another action against the rules. For a team that accused the Vikings of tampering they’d be walking on thin ice in hopes that nothing leaked out. Again, I think the risk is too high.

    It will be interesting to see if a team files a grievence if the Packers do tag & trade him. The times I can remember this happening in the past the team could make the argument they initially intended on keeping the player. With the circumstances as they are in Green Bay (i.e. already having an MVP QB) there is no way the Packers could make that argument.

  66. chocolatebaconbutter says: Jan 20, 2012 2:00 PM

    This guy is terrible. He can run like the wind and jump over a truck, but he couldn’t catch a beachball.

  67. supashug says: Jan 20, 2012 2:50 PM

    he hurt himself, didnt have to have huge #s, but going without a catch and having the dropsies kills his value

    oh and thereby killing my fantasy championship. so I think he should get cut

  68. farvite says: Jan 20, 2012 3:26 PM

    Let this clown walk.

  69. stavreafavre says: Jan 20, 2012 3:46 PM

    It would be the luckiest day of his life if he got paid the average of the top five TEs, because he’s not that. I’m not sure he’s in the top ten. Potential? Yeah, that’s great and all but it’s not going to buy you a cup of coffee, let alone a ring – which he has because the Pack won it WITHOUT him. I’m always hearing what a matchup nightmare he is, but he doesn’t seem to get open all that much. Packers had what – 5 TEs on the roster? If he wants crazy money, he’ll have to get it somewhere else. When a guy has an average season in a contract year, that’s not a good sign.

  70. smedley61 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    If this is what a contract year produces, I might be a little bit worried what a non contract year produces.

  71. finley88thebeast says: Jan 20, 2012 9:14 PM

    Finley is a beast they better keep him around…people don’t realize what there missing till its gone…

  72. akbrownsfan says: Jan 21, 2012 12:46 AM

    We’ll gladly take him off your hands !! He’d look great in brown and orange

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