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Finley due big bonus early in 2013

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley celebrates a first down against the Detroit Lions in the first half of their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin Reuters

The Packers avoided a potentially nasty contract dispute with tight end Jermichael Finley by working out a two-year deal Wednesday, as Florio reported here.

The structure of the deal gave protection to both sides. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Finley will make more than the tight end franchise number in 2012 ($5.75 million) before getting a sizable bump to $8.25 million in 2013.

Finley is due a $4.45 million roster bonus on the 15th day of the 2013 league year. So Packers could cut ties with Finley before that point without any cap damage.

Of course, cutting Finley would free him up to finally hit the open market and find a long-term deal in a place like Miami where his former coordinator Joe Philbin works.

It’s hard to imagine the Packers not picking up that bonus next year unless things go terribly wrong this season. Green Bay has done a nice job keeping their young offensive core together and Finley seems very likely to remain in the mix for at least two more years.

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32 Responses to “Finley due big bonus early in 2013”
  1. nxsteven says: Feb 23, 2012 9:07 AM

    On a scale from 1 to Chris Brown:

    How mad are either Gronk or Graham right now?

  2. mvp43 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:18 AM

    Good deal for both sides. Plus, frees up the franchise tag for Flynn possibly.

  3. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:19 AM

    Who cares!!!

  4. binkystevens says: Feb 23, 2012 9:20 AM

    People on this site like to hate on Finley, but in all honesty, unless your TE is named Gronk, Graham or Davis, you would love to have this guy on your team.

  5. bkostela says: Feb 23, 2012 9:25 AM

    nxsteven says:
    Feb 23, 2012 9:07 AM
    On a scale from 1 to Chris Brown:

    How mad are either Gronk or Graham right now?

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    you can bet gronk is dancing to celebrate finley’s deal

  6. rpiotr01 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:26 AM

    Gronk and Graham have nothing to worry about. If Finley has the kind of year GB and GB fans expect him to have, they’ll be working out something long term next off-season.

  7. virger says: Feb 23, 2012 9:35 AM

    this was a great move, he didn’t earn a huge contract this year but still has the potential to

  8. haileli says: Feb 23, 2012 9:40 AM

    Wow. This makes an already great deal even better. If Finley continues his maddening play and is still riding on “potential” at the end of next season, the Packers can cut him without any long-term ramifications. Very rarely do you see a player with his abilities sign such a short-term deal at such a young age. He probably could have made a lot more on the open market.

  9. rc33 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:41 AM

    Gronk will get paid soon enough; at least he’s making high 2nd round pick money.
    That said, there’s no way NE keeps that guy for 2 years & 16 million. And ditto for Graham.
    Back up the Bricks truck.

  10. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 23, 2012 9:43 AM

    I’m no Packer fan, but i think this is a great deal for both sides. I don’t know why there aren’t more contracts like this. Maybe there will be now.

  11. descendency says: Feb 23, 2012 9:49 AM

    I just hope he can hold onto all of it.

  12. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    packers won the superbowl without him. rather easily too.

    they have not won a playoff game with Finley.

    Finley takes passes away from the real play makers: Jennings and Nelson.

  13. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    The Pack keep a top-flight player without a long term commitment and Finley gets more time establish himself as the best at the position and cash in down the road.

    And the Packer machine keeps humming along…

  14. roastbeefsandwich says: Feb 23, 2012 9:53 AM

    People on this site like to hate on Finley, but in all honesty, unless your TE is named Gronk, Graham or Davis, you would love to have this guy on your team.
    ******************

    Why? There’s plenty of Packer fans that don’t like him around here. He’s got a mouth, a me first attitude, is unrealiable, and not worth the trouble.

    He’s going to end up like Ryan Grant, not bad, but certainly not a game changer by any means.

  15. ernst90 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:57 AM

    Binkystevens…what about jason witten? Or aaron hernandez or brandon pettigrew or hell id still rat
    her have tony gonzales than finley, finley cant block and drops more balls than any tight end ever id be mad if my cowboys got rid of witten for finley!

  16. bluestree says: Feb 23, 2012 10:06 AM

    Great deal for both sides. Gives Finley a chance to hit the best possible market in 2014 at age 26, protects the Packers investment in him while giving them an out, and they have an opportunity to extend him. Good job by Russ and Ted.

  17. brutus9448 says: Feb 23, 2012 10:18 AM

    lets hope he catches the ball after this contract. Finley has some untimley drops last year.

  18. theghostoflombardi says: Feb 23, 2012 10:22 AM

    The fact that Green Bay paid more than the franchise tag number for him already in this first year of his contract makes me believe that they are serious about trying to tag Flynn and trade him.

    They obviously aren’t looking for a long-term commitment to Finley just yet, and could have had him in 2012 for cheaper with the tag.

  19. mjs2012 says: Feb 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    My hunch is that this year is a trial run. If he has a big year and doesn’t cause trouble, GB will extend his contract even further after the season……and they will do so before the big bonus payout.

  20. packerstexansfan says: Feb 23, 2012 10:51 AM

    theghostoflombardi says:
    Feb 23, 2012 10:22 AM

    The fact that Green Bay paid more than the franchise tag number for him already in this first year of his contract makes me believe that they are serious about trying to tag Flynn and trade him.

    They obviously aren’t looking for a long-term commitment to Finley just yet, and could have had him in 2012 for cheaper with the tag.

    I think they’d like to, but whether they go through with is a completely different question. As for keeping Finley long term, I think this shows that they do want to keep him. They could’ve tagged him for cheaper, made his case for a big contact next season, then let him go after big money elsewhere. But instead, I think this shows that want him to prove that last year was a fluke in terms of his dropped balls (which, for all we know, it was, because I don’t seem to recall him having a problem the first 2 years. And, I believe he was still top 5 in terms of production for a TE) and see that he can live up to his potential, and give him a big contract in a couple of years after they’ve taken care of other contacts such as Rodgers and Matthews.

  21. bigjd says: Feb 23, 2012 10:56 AM

    He has to be able to stay healthy to get the money.

  22. noeffinway says: Feb 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    Pettigrew > finley

  23. 13xworldchamps says: Feb 23, 2012 11:28 AM

    Feb 23, 2012 9:53 AM hotbeefsandwhich

    People on this site like to hate on Finley, but in all honesty, unless your TE is named Gronk, Graham or Davis, you would love to have this guy on your team.
    ******************

    Why? There’s plenty of Packer fans that don’t like him around here. He’s got a mouth, a me first attitude, is unrealiable, and not worth the trouble.

    He’s going to end up like Ryan Grant, not bad, but certainly not a game changer by any means.
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    The coach and all his teammates say he’s the hardest working guy in practice….for gosh sakes he’s only 1 year removed from an injury that everyone tells you takes into the second year to be back to normal. Other than Gronk and Graham, he had the 3rd best numbers for a football……..and oh by the way, his quarterback was taken out of blow out games, unlike Bree’s and Brady the stat hounds. Rodgers sat out a full game and was talen out of games at the end which would have totaled anther game and one quarter

    Finley will be a beast next year…….

  24. denny816 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:37 AM

    Say hello to the franchise tag, Scott Wells.

  25. duece5 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:53 AM

    As a VIKING fan….I LOVE THIS DEAL!!!!!

    Finley+drops+bad attitude=Not worth it.

    Thanks TED!!!!!

  26. ernie ernie says: Feb 23, 2012 12:36 PM

    My take is Finley had one good year out of three and it wasn’t the last year. He has proven to be a so so receiver whose reliability is in question.
    How he commanded this kind of money is foolish.
    I know McandDon loves the guy so he stays.

    Word is now, they are dumping a pro bowl center and going for a rookie out of Wisconsin in the first round. Another no no.

    Apparently the coaches and managers don’t see the need for a PASS rush. I mean the best rushers are in the first round. If they pass on those they can pretty much kiss next season good bye.

    I’m picking them 10-6 and on the road in the playoffs for the first round.

  27. wipackman1265 says: Feb 23, 2012 12:56 PM

    Great deal for both and ALL players love it when one of their own get paid, it only helps them get paid.

    Before you go all stupid ( Viking fan stupid ) on JF

    He had a down year last year but before that EVERY team is this league wanted him. He has an incentive deal and will have a MONSTER year as GB wins SB 47.

  28. blackheld says: Feb 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    binkystevens says: Feb 23, 2012 9:20 AM

    People on this site like to hate on Finley, but in all honesty, unless your TE is named Gronk, Graham or Davis, you would love to have this guy on your team.

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    Finley wouldn’t even start in Detroit.

  29. wipackman1265 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    A real thinker

    duece5 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:53 AM

    As a VIKING fan….I LOVE THIS DEAL!!!!!

    Finley+drops+bad attitude=Not worth it.

    Thanks TED!!!!!
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    Viking fans wouldn’t / don’t know football talent if if fell through a hole in a roof

    Your team ( and I use the term loosely ) is 3-13 NEVER ( I did say NEVER ) won 1 title…

    If your gonna thank Ted Thank him for building a team that OWNS your Team ( and I use the term loosely )

  30. outlawshark says: Feb 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    ernie ernie says:Feb 23, 2012 12:36 PM

    I’m picking them 10-6 and on the road in the playoffs for the first round.
    ________________________

    That worked out pretty well for the Packers not too long ago.

  31. tangysizzl says: Feb 23, 2012 11:08 PM

    I think it was a very smart move on GBs part, this guy is very talented and still only 24 yrs old.

    Now they free up the tag for either Scott Wells or Matt Flynn. I bet they re-sign Wells right before the deadline to use the tag and then slap it on Flynn. They then ship Flynn to Miami along with AJ Hawk or James Jones and get their 1st round pick in return.

    They will then use that pick to select one of the top pass rushers in the draft either Coples, Ingram or Mercilus and then use Pick 28 to take the BPA at CB, S or another pass rusher.

  32. lombardihero says: Feb 24, 2012 7:04 AM

    That Bonus is by far Big….. Manning’s roster bonus at 28 mil now that is Big… This was a great deal for the Packers.

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