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With $4.45 million bonus looming in March, Finley could be on his way out


The Packers and tight end Jermichael Finley avoided a potentially contentious franchise-tag fight regarding Finley’ classification with a two-year contract that pays the player well — but also gives him an incentive to step up his game to a higher level.

Through five games in 2012, Finley has yet to find the higher level, catching 22 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown.  Complicating the situation are his ongoing public gripes about a lack of chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Given that Rodgers is going nowhere, the chances of Finley being back next year are dropping by the day.

Finley is due to receive a $4.45 million roster bonus on the 15th day of the 2013 league year.  Though not a gigantic investment, it forces the Packers to make an early decision on Finley next year.

There’s a chance that, for some in the organization, the decision already has been made.  If so, Finley has 11 games to change their minds.

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49 Responses to “With $4.45 million bonus looming in March, Finley could be on his way out”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2012 9:28 AM

    Hell, I’ll drop balls for half of that.

  2. skeebo80 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    Dude just drops way too many balls

  3. 91devinhester23 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:30 AM

    discount double tampa bay

  4. h3min1230 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:34 AM

    With him likely gone next year, Jennings in the final year of his contract, Driver retiring, ZERO run game, crap Oline, and non-existant Defense, this team is going down, fast!

  5. baloneyjohn says: Oct 14, 2012 9:36 AM

    This guy has hands of stone. Give him the boot

  6. harness88 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:37 AM

    He blows cut him

  7. jhein23 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:39 AM

    Yessss! Please let him be gone. I’m sick of everything he says and him struggling to catch the football. When he catches it, its immediately followed by a flop to the ground. Gee I can’t understand why the QB doesn’t want to throw it to you?

  8. theaxmancometh says: Oct 14, 2012 9:39 AM

    Packer fans don’t even like this tool. Hopefully you’re cut JerkMichael, u trash talking ball dropping d-bag.

  9. bronconation7 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:42 AM

    Everyone’s going to want a tight end that can’t connect with a pin-point accurate QB. My solution is take Rodgers out to dinner, get him flowers, buy him a jet ski, maybe tell him he looks good in yeloow and green. Then catch the freakin ball and be in the right spot Jermike-off.

  10. bigassbiscuit says: Oct 14, 2012 9:45 AM

    That is excellent news. I have never been a fan of this guys mouth or his hands of stone. VERY Overrated.

  11. wheresmyjuice says: Oct 14, 2012 9:46 AM

    We’ll see Finley’s real value when we see how hard old coach Philbin goes after him when he’s a FA.

  12. tdrundmc says: Oct 14, 2012 9:47 AM

    Finley has butter fingers and a pea sized brain..the packers won’t miss this overrated turd at all.

  13. 2difshoe says: Oct 14, 2012 9:54 AM

    I’ve seen better hands on a clock.

    I’m sure he doesn’t drop his paycheck when handed to him.

  14. raider2124 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:55 AM

    The worst gm in sports Reggie mckenzie will sign him next offseason. Mckenzie is lazy and ignorant. The raiders will never win with this fool running the show. Nothing but a Ginger.

  15. shootscuz says: Oct 14, 2012 10:01 AM

    What happened to this guy? Two years ago people were talking about him as being the greatest threat in the NFL at the TE position.

  16. cdngatorfan says: Oct 14, 2012 10:09 AM

    Welcome to Miami.

    signed, Joe Philbin

  17. scoops1 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:11 AM

    I’m a packers fan and even i am sick of his BS…

    All the talent in the world but has a 2cent head….

  18. wtfru2 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:11 AM

    Hell, give it to him…He’ll drop the check before it gets deposited..

  19. whatjusthapped says: Oct 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    If his production were as big as his ego, the guy would be heading to the Hall of Fame.

    Unfortunately, he works harder at Twitter than he does his game.

  20. jusford says: Oct 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    He can go. Crabtree can step up & the money can be used to keep Jennings.

  21. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    raider2124 says:
    Oct 14, 2012 9:55 AM
    The worst gm in sports Reggie mckenzie will sign him next offseason. Mckenzie is lazy and ignorant. The raiders will never win with this fool running the show. Nothing but a Ginger.

    You give the guy his first off season before writing him off?

    Please change your name, you’re an embarrassment to Raider Nation.

  22. ernie ernie says: Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    Back in the late 50’s, as a young boy, The Lions had a top notch tight end (can’t remember name) who caught about everything.

    One game he got his bell rung and missed the remainder of the season. The next year and subsequent years, he looked awful.

    I mean it got to be laughable the way the guy couldn’t hang onto a ball whenever a DB was in the area.

    So when Finley got hurt it got me remembering back and wondering if Finley would come back and play like Findley or the guy from the Lions.

    You look at Finley since his big hit and his numbers are like that of two different people.

    All this means is the Packers will resign this sucker because McCarthy loves him. And they will pay for it in more than money.

  23. jbaxt says: Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    I just cut him from my team and he’s not due squat from me. The guy just sucks!

  24. blackcatnfl says: Oct 14, 2012 10:44 AM

    I think saying Aaron Rodgers sucks was a brilliant career move. Wait, maybe it wasn’t…

  25. emperorzero says: Oct 14, 2012 10:44 AM

    I think it’s a forgone conclusion that Finley is gone after this year. He drops too many balls, makes too much money, and opens his mouth too much.

    TT was smart to give him only a two-year deal. It gave Finley a chance to prove himself and it gave the Packers an early out if Finley didn’t improve his play.

  26. ernie ernie says: Oct 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    With him likely gone next year, Jennings in the final year of his contract, Driver retiring, ZERO run game, crap Oline, and non-existant Defense, this team is going down, fast!

    I think your wrong. they are going down even faster than your suggesting. Do we hear the Titanic sinking?

  27. bla bla bla says: Oct 14, 2012 10:46 AM

    I think I’d let Jennings go too. He just can’t stay healthy and is going to want stupid-big money. The Pack is plenty deep with (in alphabetical order) Cobb, Driver, Jones, Nelson, & Whoever else I’m forgetting.

  28. unex9885 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:53 AM

    Dropping perfect passes and then publicly saying that you have no chemistry with your quarterback should keep you around for awhile right?? This guy WANTS out…

  29. packhawk04 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:53 AM

    Dj williams should already be above finley on the depth chart.

  30. discosucs2005 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:55 AM

    If the Packers were really bold they would start trading off their big name stars as rentals and do some rebuilding. Rodgers is young enough to build another offense around him.

    Of course, it’s to want to give up on the season when you have the best QB in your division (and arguably the league), but that’s why it would be a bold move.

  31. torotrigger says: Oct 14, 2012 10:59 AM

    I nicknamed this guy ” no hands no heart” nhnh for short.

    Let this bum go already DJ and Crabbs got this. Plus we have Jimmy Jones who is essentially another ‘move’ TE.

    Dump fin an go after lineman and an RB. Please.

  32. jimmysee says: Oct 14, 2012 11:07 AM

    Finley’s future is in his own hands. But sometimes you do get addition by subtraction.

  33. tonymission says: Oct 14, 2012 11:08 AM

    His best game was against the Cards in the playoffs three years ago. Hasn’t came close to that since.

  34. southpaw447 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:09 AM

    I was a big defender of Crisco Gloves last season. But I just can’t back him anymore. It’d be different if he was still struggling, yet remained humble and admitted he needed to work harder. But instead he’s blaming chemistry with Rodgers who he’s been playing with for 4 seasons and his agent saying Rodgers isn’t a leader.

    So I say good riddance. I wish we drafted Ladarius Green. But now it seems it’s next man up. Use the money to resign Jennings. Next year we have quite a few contracts up, we don’t need Finley anymore

  35. granadafan says: Oct 14, 2012 11:11 AM

    Another diva receiver who has talked and dropped his way out of his team. As an aside, what kind of agent agrees to a bonus worth 4.5 million and leaving the opportunity for the team to NOT pick it up?

  36. Giantspunk213 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:14 AM

    The packers version of Martellus Bennett

  37. edavidberg says: Oct 14, 2012 11:27 AM

    His game is reminiscent of Jeremy Shockey. Great start to career then immediately starts dropping balls and causing more problems than he is worth. No coincidence the Giants won their title after he got hurt and Boss got his playing time.

  38. dragonfly99 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:29 AM

    If Ted Thompson was such a great GM, he would realize Finley has no future in GB and trade him now, maybe for a RB or a future draft pick.

  39. shlort says: Oct 14, 2012 11:36 AM

    Green Bay should just dump him now. He is a 50 percenter. He could be great if he gave 100%, but he will never be capable of giving more than 50%. Finley is a liability in GB. Just cant count on him when it matters.

  40. shlort says: Oct 14, 2012 11:45 AM

    And “Going Down”? The Packers are a couple plays and a few blown callls from being 4-1. There is no one pounding the panic button in GB. They know what to do and how to get things done. Look out when it starts clicking in GB. If it doesnt happen too late, they are contenders for the Lombardi.

    There are a few NFL teams that arent out of it until they are out of it. GB is one of them. They will always be decent because they dont let things get away talent-wise. They develope players every year. Proof of that is easy to see. Just look at every NFL team roster and see how many players were in GB when they entered the league.

  41. jhein23 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:51 AM

    Teams with 28 year old franchise caliber QBs don’t sink down into mediocrity for long.

    But it proves how important it is to have quality draft after quality draft to stay on top. Ted Thompson’s had a couple of weak ones and its showing on the field.

  42. stellarperformance says: Oct 14, 2012 12:00 PM

    This guy has pedestrian talent. He has shown nothing but mouth. The Texas Twit. Any number of a dozen other players could do better than him, including the two 0ther TE’s on the roster.

  43. sikoix says: Oct 14, 2012 12:45 PM

    This guy is no Kyle Rudolph.

  44. packfaninpackland says: Oct 14, 2012 1:16 PM

    So, yesterday I go over to the clinic for my flu shot, and after the shot they hand me a JerMichael Finley jersey.

    I said “what the hell is this for” ?

    And they said, “wear it and you will never catch anything” ……….. !

  45. bombjb says: Oct 14, 2012 1:46 PM

    Cut him now save us the headache. We still have a playoff chance.

  46. chi01town says: Oct 14, 2012 3:35 PM

    Packers cutting each other off at the knees, Finnley wants the ball but Rodgers aint throwing his way.
    Jennings wants Money but the packers said get lossed.

  47. backindasaddle says: Oct 14, 2012 3:45 PM

    Finley is a birdbrain with lots of physical athletic talent. But the birdbrain issue prevents him from being consistent and reliable. He’s just like Dez Bryant in this regard. You can take a guy with less talent but that has his head screwed on correctly and you end up with a better player.

  48. deltaoracle says: Oct 14, 2012 4:15 PM

    Pack won a Super Bowl without him, haven’t won one with him. Tough decision there.

  49. axespray says: Oct 14, 2012 5:08 PM

    h3min1230 says:
    Oct 14, 2012 9:34 AM
    “With him likely gone next year, Jennings in the final year of his contract, Driver retiring, ZERO run game, crap Oline, and non-existant Defense, this team is going down, fast!”
    So by not spending a ton of money on “A” player or two (older players by the way) …thus opening up more cap room, and by having another draft class with one of the better GMs in the league, along with one of the younger rosters in the league that has a coaching staff that’s pretty good at developing young talent… you think this team is “going down” … what, cause a bad call makes ’em 2-3 instead of 3-2… smh. have fun with that prediction aunt cleo.

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