Jermichael Finley: Hopefully, I’m here forever

AP

The end of the Packers season accelerated thinking about whether or not wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings would return to the team for the 2013 season.

They aren’t the only Aaron Rodgers targets with an uncertain future in Green Bay. Tight end Jermichael Finley’s long-term outlook with the Packers has been cloudy since reports surfaced near the end of the season that the team has already decided to move on without him next season. At the time, Finley said he wanted to remain with the Packers and he reiterated that while cleaning out his locker on Sunday.

“We just finished losing, man, and hopefully nobody thought that far,” Finley said, via Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Hopefully, I’m here forever. I’m good for next year as far as I know.”

Finley is due a $3.5 million roster bonus in March and a $4.45 million salary next season, numbers that looked much too high for his services as he scuffled through the first half of the season. He had 32 catches in the final seven games of the season, though, and finished with fewer than 50 receiving yards in just one of those games. He added five catches for 45 yards in the team’s two playoff games, a bit off that standard, to leave a decidedly mixed bag for the Packers to sift through as they make their decision about Finley.

32 responses to “Jermichael Finley: Hopefully, I’m here forever

  1. I don’t think Tom Crabtree / DJ Williams are going to have a tough time replacing 5 catches for 45 yards over 2 playoff games. Hopefully TT can get someone who still thinks he’s “talented” to give us a 3rd rounder for him.

  2. Finley: “Hopefully, I’m here forever. I’m good for next year as far as I know.”

    Rest of the NFC North: We hope you are here too, since you can’t catch a ball and then throw your QB under the bus.

  3. The numbers suggest they’ll move on from the money but the talent suggests they’ll make an effort to keep him.

    The end result should be Finley testing the market but my guess is when all the situations are laid out that he’ll return to GB for the right price.

  4. Ever since he blew up duing the thriller in Arizona a couple of years back this guy has become so ordinary. Not sure why.

  5. Don’t feel bad, Pack fans — You should feel good. That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen your team play. You had to amp it up because you were playing against a revved up 49er team. You had it going, People talk about that Aaron Rodgers and he played hard, he’s pretty good, but the difference was that there was a legitimate NFL quarterback in the game. So, that’s a little different than the last week against Joe Webb. But, you did good, you did really good, you played really really hard and you should all feel good about yourselves. Be proud of yourselves. And the good news is you can all root for the Minnesota Vikings next year as they pass by the Packers. And we can all get in this together – GO Vikes!

  6. Ponder This says:Jan 14, 2013 11:29 AM

    Don’t feel bad, Pack fans — You should feel good. That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen your team play. You had to amp it up because you were playing against a revved up 49er team. You had it going, People talk about that Aaron Rodgers and he played hard, he’s pretty good, but the difference was that there was a legitimate NFL quarterback in the game. So, that’s a little different than the last week against Joe Webb. But, you did good, you did really good, you played really really hard and you should all feel good about yourselves. Be proud of yourselves. And the good news is you can all root for the Minnesota Vikings next year as they pass by the Packers. And we can all get in this together – GO Vikes!
    ________________________________
    So you think Rodgers isn’t a legitimate QB. Well, I guess I’m not surprised. Recognizing a great QB for you must be on par with recognizing the Lombardi trophy.

  7. The Packers can/will get similar or better production for 1/10 the price in ’13, so J-Mike will be wearing different colors next season. Will probably do fairly well IF the main focus of some inept offense… good luck Jermichael ~ keep tweeting how magnificent you are.

  8. I love when Vikings fans try and talk trash. At least the Bears have actually WON something before, so it doesn’t sound quite as insane coming from them. The Vikings? Pass the Packers? lmao!

  9. minnesota fans bashing Green Bay????? the vikings don’t have a trophy case… we have several that are full and we have a Hall of Fame! Nuff said.

  10. Finley seems All Pro one week and non-existent the other, creating a question as to whether he’s really worth all that dough given the inconsistency and stupid comments. I wonder how much of his success is related to having an MVP QB throw to him, something I suspect both he and other teams are thinking as well.

  11. He’ll take a pay cut, or he’ll be gone. Green Bay won’t pay that roster bonus. They might pay that Base salary, but Finley isnt worth that kind of money. He drops too many passes.

    Green Bay will need the cap room if they want to fix that Defense. A new DC and a switch to the 4-3 is going to take a couple players to accomplish. Bringing in a solid DE and maybe a MLB will cost plenty, and Finleys Salary can be used to fix that problem.

  12. Remember when the 4-1 vikings were going to surpass the 2-3 packers in the division? Ha! So cute…

  13. @voiceofrealism:

    Ponder This wasn’t dissing Aaron Rodgers, he was saying GB faced a legit QB against SF, as opposed to facing Webb…That said, it is pretty sad to trash talk after just one good season when all you did was overachieve thanks to one guy.

  14. Not being a Packer fan, I hope they do keep Finley but I think the organization is too smart to waste valuable money and cap space on this “legend in his own mind” TE. I suspect even TT has had his fill of “Finley’s potential”, there are TE’s on the street who can put up Finley’s numbers. Resigning Finley for the type of money that he thinks he is worth would mean that the Packers are still chasing that potential. When you combine that fantasy with Finley’s propensity for throwing his QB under the bus, I think it will be asta lavista for Finley. Finley is saying all the right things now (after hearing that he may not be resigned) but nothing will prevent him from returning to his whiney complaining self next year when he doesn’t get thrown to at least 10 times per game (after dropping nine in a row).

  15. Only Packer fans can think a team that goes 15-1 one season and loses in the divisional round and then goes 11-5 the next season and loses in the divisional round is a team on the rise.

  16. So many Packers fans on here bragging about Lombardi trophies. Tell me, how did doing that and trolling Vikings and Bears stories treat your team this year? Karma. Oh, your team also needs to focus more on football than endorsements.

  17. Packer fans. You just have to ignore ponderthis. He’s the exception not the rule. Most of us Vike fans are just happy at the progress our own team appears to be making — rather than appearing drunk with glee over a rival’s loss..

  18. Packers or Vikings, whose the most consistent winner over the last 45 years?

    Playoff Appearances since 1968

    Packers – 17
    Vikings – 27

    Nuff said cheese brains.

  19. @packhawk04

    Remember when AP ran wild a couple of weeks ago and beat the Packers? oh ya befor that he ran for what a couple hundred plus yds. Vikings still suck, but every week is different no matter how good a team is

  20. Finley probably stays for one more season. Mostly because Jennings is almost sure to be gone. After that JerMike will be taking his tiresome act elsewhere.
    Can’t wait to see the Vikes performing in that 40,000 seat college stadium for the next couple of seasons. It will suit them a lot better than their new palace.

  21. hurrayforyogapants- there are always idiots on both sides like ponderthis. As a diehard Packer fan I must say we need to make some changes but I still think we will be a contender next year. And yes, the Vikes are making progress, making our rivalry much more interesting. Nothing better than a good Black & Blue division game!

  22. I think that Finley, Driver, Jennings, and Woodson are just some of the names that may not be with us next year.

    The Vikings, at the end of the season, were playing better than the Packers. The Vikings and the Packers will be playing for the division next year, which is goal #1.

    Get some defensive help. Fire Capers. Enough is enough.

  23. I dunno what to think of this guy.
    At first he was running his mouth when he shouldn’t have before he could prove himself and blaming other team mates other than taking personal responsibility for his own errors.
    And I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. If MM or TT sits down to talk with him to keep his big mouth shut and his hands ready for catches.
    He has improved on the field but has he learned off the field? If he has and if the coaches can keep Big Mouth shut, then keep him. He has proven to be an asset lately.
    Sometimes teammates are like roommates. You just don’t know what your ever going to get and sometimes it’s too late to really know.

  24. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like cutting Driver and Jennings loose could be big mistakes for the Pack?
    Yeah, I know it’s “just business” but I think those guys are just too good and should keep on playing for the Pack.
    I don’t get it why Driver and Jennings should be benched or let go.

  25. purplepunisher says:
    Jan 14, 2013 4:02 PM
    Packers or Vikings, whose the most consistent winner over the last 45 years?

    Playoff Appearances since 1968

    Packers – 17
    Vikings – 27

    Nuff said cheese brains.

    —-

    Interesting how you stop there.

    NFL Championships

    Packers: 13
    Vikings: 0

    Nuff said horn polisher.

  26. At the end of the day, the biggest choke of a season was the ’98 vikings. 15-1, looked unstoppable, and lost to the dirty birds AT HOME. How does that happen? Vikings have had so many chances for a Super Bowl championship, yet continue to be snake bitten *cough cough* ’09 championship game *cough cough*. And I don’t see how u can say “karma” struck the pack from talking trash to vikes and bears fans this year. Both of those teams were watching us from home last week. Packers need more physical corners, another d tackle, MLB, and safety. And the HB Lacey from bama

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