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Finley stays in Green Bay, with all his money intact

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The Packers might have been “uncomfortable” with the idea tight end Jermichael Finely’s making $8.25 million.

But they’re apparently not uncomfortable enough to do anything about it.

Finley just tweeted he was “ecstatic to be back” with the Packers, and according to multiple reports, there’s a reason for that.

He’s due a $3 million roster bonus tomorrow, and has a base salary of $4.45 million, which seemed ripe to be restructured. But the Packers didn’t cut his pay, and will pay the bonus as scheduled.

While they probably could have squeezed him in the current climate, which isn’t exactly conducive to expensive veterans, the Packers also need him. After losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings, the Packers needed to keep one of their established playmakers on offense.

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  1. richcranium2112 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:31 PM

    J-Mike, time to step it up!

  2. remyje says: Mar 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Finley is an established playmaker?

  3. deltaoracle says: Mar 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    Surprised to say the least if there really was no restructuring. Apparently the second half of the season convinced Packer brass that he has “turned the corner.” I wish I felt as sure about that.

  4. PowerMad says: Mar 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    This is exactly why the Packers will continue to slide to the bottom of the NFC North. Rewarding lackluster players with high-dollar contracts isn’t a strategy for dominance. If I’m Aaron Rodgers, I’m going “WTF?” because retaining an alligator arms doesn’t contribute to successful football teams–especially in a year when the best receiver left and what’s left over is largely inconsistent. Not sure this is how to re-build a franchise.

  5. skol80 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    Well done Ted! 8.5 mill for an average tight end. And I thought John Carlson was overpaid…

  6. thundersandpackers says: Mar 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    This is why Packers are not going to make it to the superbowl. They are releasing good players and keeping crap players. I rather take woodson over Finley anyday.

  7. ingraven says: Mar 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    I’m honestly SHOCKED…

  8. majikwen says: Mar 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    GBP will still draft a TE because Finley is a free agent after this year. I think Rodgers will like the double TE formations.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    JerkMichael gets paid.

  10. logicalvoicesaysneedswaybettercrazypills says: Mar 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    My name says it all…

  11. scoops1 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:42 PM

    remyje says:Mar 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Finley is an established playmaker?
    ———————————–

    Only when he plays against the Bears

  12. nineroutsider says: Mar 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    I knew they were just applying pressure. It was way too late to really do anything about it and they haven’t ran their off season like he was going to be gone.

  13. adamkomoroski says: Mar 25, 2013 4:45 PM

    Established at dropping the pass…

  14. jayisourquarterback says: Mar 25, 2013 4:46 PM

    As a Bears fan I normally give the Packers props for having such a competent front office. But this just leaves me scratching my head…

  15. fistoftheraven says: Mar 25, 2013 4:47 PM

    While I do not agree with the move, look for Finley to be better next year.

    With all the money TEs are getting, Finley may have realized that its time to step up, especially in a contract year.

    Look for him to improve this season, although I cannot tell you how much he’ll improve.

  16. reesesteel23 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:49 PM

    …..and they didnt want to pay Jennings HOW MUCH?

  17. mvp43 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:50 PM

    thundersandpackers says:
    Mar 25, 2013 4:37 PM
    This is why Packers are not going to make it to the superbowl. They are releasing good players and keeping crap players. I rather take woodson over Finley anyday.

    ————————

    Okay, that’s just foolish. To say he’s a crap player is just not the case. Yes, he’s had his issues we all know, but the second half of last year was really good. I liked Woodson too, but there’s a reason why he’s still not signed with any team. The Packers, with or without Woodson will need to rely on outscoring their opponents, and considering you have Aaron Rodgers at the helm, that’s the right way to play it.

  18. fb6969 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    Established? I guess when you drop several passes, you are established at something.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    I’ll admit, Finley puzzles me. When he’s on his game, he’s easily a top 5 TE. The drops are hard to take and always seem to come at a particularly bad time. If he can figure that out, he will be a stud.

  20. InFact says: Mar 25, 2013 4:53 PM

    Negative comments about Finley’s value are expected, but those people who think Woodson has value are clueless.

    Evidence is conspicuously loud that 31 other teams agree with GB, given no one else has signed him.

    I’m the first to idolize Woodson’s fine tenure in GB, but cutting him was the correct move.

  21. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 25, 2013 4:57 PM

    They keep Jerkmichael and give us Greg Jennings? Thank You! SKOL!!!!

  22. rc33 says: Mar 25, 2013 5:06 PM

    Stunned this guy is making that kinda cash. To me he’s an average/better-than-average TE; certainly not a Gronkowski or Graham.
    Restructuring this deal would’ve been an easy choice, IMO.

  23. maverick5266 says: Mar 25, 2013 5:07 PM

    We need a defense and this guy pays a headcase TE to money that should be spent on lets say a safety, defensive lineman, corner back, linebackers…….etc It is time for an end to the Thompson/McCarthy era. The Pack is completely unbalanced, and these bafoons are thinking the status quo still works. Fire them before Rodgers window is closed, and maybe he can work with a GM that can build a defense, and a coach that can adjust before the start of the fouth quarter. No defense eqauls no post season success Ted. Thanks for the memories, and in the immortal words of Mr. Trump “You are fired.”

  24. jprcox says: Mar 25, 2013 5:08 PM

    Why do you let Jennings leave, and Finley stay for this kind of money? This makes no sense.

  25. textexington says: Mar 25, 2013 5:10 PM

    Looks like the almighty 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers are poised to win their 14th. The Viqueefs will have to wait ATLEAST one more year before signing another one of Packers sloppy seconds. Packers still have the best QB in football. Guys will be back from injury and Thompson will draft a whole new group of All-Pros who won’t break the bank. Go Pack Go!!!

  26. conormacleod says: Mar 25, 2013 5:18 PM

    GB fans would have more credibility if they didn’t agree with EVERY move, or non-move, that their team makes. Just admit it. This was a horrible decision for a middle of the “pack” tight end. And, if Rodgers is so good, and I’m not saying he isn’t, then why would you need to pay over $8 mil for an average tight end? I think the Packers are just napping this off season and hoping Rodgers can bail them out all season long.

  27. c1md6 says: Mar 25, 2013 5:18 PM

    This guy’s such a clown, I never seen anybody celebrate so much after catching a typical tight end out route. Then again, he must be celebrating the rare time he actually made a catch.

  28. gregm5s7 says: Mar 25, 2013 5:18 PM

    Comparing Woodson to Finley isn’t right. Woodson was due like 200-250% more than he is worth on the market. Finley is getting maybe 25% more than he is worth.

    I’m just going to reiterate what I have posted on a previous J-Mike article:

    People seem to forget how good Finley was pre-injury. He had some rediculous catches, and very tough to bring down. I think his road to recovery is more typical and challenging than someone like Peterson. I think it has effected his concentration, but he has shown enough the last half of the season to keep him around, plus he’s only just turned 26

    His salary is a little high but still has plenty of potential to have a big impact on the ’13-’14 season

  29. jameyjame says: Mar 25, 2013 5:37 PM

    this is why Jerry Reese is the best GM in all of football. He finds em cheap and all they do is produce. no superstars just blue collar type players who the giants seem to get the most out of even if they were underachievers before.

    oh yeah,,logicalvoices,,redskins suck.

  30. thundersandpackers says: Mar 25, 2013 5:52 PM

    Superbowl
    Seahawks vs Texans

  31. immafubared says: Mar 25, 2013 5:52 PM

    Its dam hard to knock a coach who won the SB but McCarthy is a piss poor talent estimator.
    Findley had one good year. Got hurt, and was never the same but my take if McCarthy loves the guy and he told Ted to keep him.

    Just like we kept Starks, have of a good year, Kuhn, an average full back, A J Hawk, should have been cut three years ago.

    This team is full of these guys and for some reason they are what McCarthy likes.

    Don’t matter, I have the Pack at 6-10 next year and that;s being kind. The Mac and Ted show will take a beating this year and people will then jump on bandwagon as to what went wrong.

  32. purpleguy says: Mar 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    Yawn — it’s only for a year and the Pack has plenty of cap room right? What’s the big deal either way? The way the NFCN MLB situation is shaping up, if (notice the if) the guy can catch a ball down the middle, he might have a good year.

  33. fatsolio says: Mar 25, 2013 5:58 PM

    Yay, GB keeps the most overrated tight end in the league who will no doubt drop about 400 more passes for them this season.

  34. gbpakrfan says: Mar 25, 2013 6:13 PM

    What a bad move…

  35. bigjim50010 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:17 PM

    Whenever I hear Micheal Finley’s name I think of Robert Loggia yelling ” Don’t throw it to stone hands!!!”

    sound advice if you ask me….

  36. chitownborn5434 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:25 PM

    Lost Jennings, driver and Crabtree, couldn’t lose Finley too. Tough spot for the pack but he can by dynamic if he has his head screwed on straight and can stay healthy. Lot of money but he could live up to it. Maybe.

  37. contra74 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:28 PM

    textexington says:Mar 25, 2013 5:10 PM

    Looks like the almighty 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers are poised to win their 14th. The Viqueefs will have to wait ATLEAST one more year before signing another one of Packers sloppy seconds. Packers still have the best QB in football. Guys will be back from injury and Thompson will draft a whole new group of All-Pros who won’t break the bank. Go Pack Go!!!

    LOL – you can say whatever you want to help you sleep better at night but nothing can justify the circus that is going on with signings and releases in GB right now. Keep pretending its all good sweetheart.

  38. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    This doesn’t really make any sense. He was about to get cut last year mid season, and now they pay him as much as Jennings almost wanted?

    He may have caught some passes finally towards the end of the season but not enough to justify that kind of money. From what I remember, they were not meaningful catches. Packers can get that productivity from their other tightends.

    He had that one really good game against Arizona three years ago. Clearly, Ted and McCarthy waiting for him to do that again, but three years is a bit much, along with all the drops he has. Oh, and he gripes when he doesn’t get what he wants.

  39. billh1947 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:31 PM

    Before all the supposed Packer fans piss a kidney stone over this signing why dont we wait unil the season starts to see if Finley finally will grow up and realize the Packers have finally gave in to his demands as a finely tuned tight end in the NFL.he got the cash he wanted,now its up to him to live up to all that money and trust the Packers put into him,all the pressure now is on him,his NFL future depends on his play and finally not on his mouth.

  40. wmelch says: Mar 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    Just a note for all people getting hysterical on Finley’s drops-He ranked above Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez in drop rate-drops divided by total catches. Also, he had no drops in last 7 games.

    That being said, he doesn’t need to turn cartwheels after a three yard gain.

  41. favreblows says: Mar 25, 2013 6:49 PM

    You Viking fans are such idiots. How is this even a surprising move? Finley is the only talented TE on their roster. And although he does drop too many passes, he is a threat that does take attention away from their WRs. The Packers had to have him back.

    We’ll see how the Jennings signing goes. Hopefully he can stay on the field this year. That is the better question.

  42. gregm5s7 says: Mar 25, 2013 7:07 PM

    I love all this banging on Finley about drops.

    Reminds of James Jones

    And Finley has proven he’s been to the top before, he just has to get back there. It’s not new territory for him.

    As someone mentioned above,He’s absolutely destroyed the Bears a few games. That alone is worth some cash, at least! lol

  43. judsonjr says: Mar 25, 2013 7:22 PM

    It isn’t hard to figure out why he is back.

    #1 – They have plenty of cap room.

    #2 – They will get a decent compensatory pick when he leaves next year. Does cutting a guy and possibly losing out on a 3rd of 4th round pick seem like a good idea?

  44. gbmickey says: Mar 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    Typical viqueen fans trying to legitimize themselves and their team by whining how the Packer moves or lack thereof will be their demise. What are we on about year 8?Matter of fact I see Detroit bouncing back and sending you back down in the division.

  45. thejuddstir says: Mar 25, 2013 7:45 PM

    The Pack has been paying Finley for his potential since he came into the league…..why quit now. I gotta believe that Finley has some embarrassing video of TT…..nothing else makes sense about this deal.

  46. slickzmoney says: Mar 25, 2013 8:43 PM

    Should have targeted Fred Davis even with his drug history.

  47. axespray says: Mar 25, 2013 9:00 PM

    For the last 20 years – our team has won the most games out of the NFC….

    People (who are fans of inconsistent teams) are criticizing our front office?

    Have a 20 year window of success, then tell us how our Front Office should be run.

  48. publicteamforever says: Mar 25, 2013 9:02 PM

    I’m optimistic that Finley can have a big year with increased targets.

  49. tcstunner says: Mar 25, 2013 9:32 PM

    So Finley, who is only a year or two younger than Jennings, and has NEVER been as good as Jennings, is worth 8.5 mil a year, but Jennings isnt? What????? Finley isnt even the best TE in the division, let alone top 10 in the NFL, yet he’s getting paid like one of the best. Makes no sense at all.

  50. darthraven887 says: Mar 25, 2013 9:36 PM

    First, he must quit complaining about his chemistry issues. Just catch the ball.

  51. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 25, 2013 10:41 PM

    Finley played a big role in humiliating the Vikings and ending their season. I’m glad he’ll be back to continue humiliating the Vikings twice per season as the Packers have done for the past 3 years.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 25, 2013 11:27 PM

    Never would have guessed Finley was smarter than Hawk.

  53. keevel says: Mar 26, 2013 1:00 AM

    Do not like the move. Think the guy is a head case. But paying out the 2nd year of a two year contract, banking a compensatory draft pick in future years and showing back ups that if they perform they get paid and stay is a good thing.

  54. jessethegreat says: Mar 26, 2013 1:04 AM

    As a Pack fan, even I believe it’s an overstatement to say he’s “established” but if he gets his head on straight for an entire year, this kid has a ton of potential.

    We Will miss Jennings but Finley is much more valuable to our teams success than Jennings would have been.

    I just hope JerMichael quits talking with members of the media and does all his talking on the field (with actions instead of words for a change).

  55. chi01town says: Mar 26, 2013 2:39 AM

    You mean to tell me Finley is staying in greenbay…after he talked about Rodgers like a dog? and the packers are going to pay him 8.5 million dollars too? That must mean
    Finley was right. Every last packers fan on this site wanted him fired last season. And packers fans can get ready cause now hes gone talk about Rodgers again

  56. superjroch says: Mar 26, 2013 9:17 AM

    The Packers are in love with Jermichael Finley because the only linebacker in the NFL that makes him look good is AJ Hawk, every practice. Dropping both of them would be addition by subtraction, times 2.

  57. stevent92 says: Mar 26, 2013 10:42 AM

    Jermichael Finley: now entering his 5th Straight “Breakout” Season.

  58. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 26, 2013 11:30 AM

    taintedsaints2009 says:Mar 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    This doesn’t really make any sense. He was about to get cut last year mid season, and now they pay him as much as Jennings almost wanted?

    He may have caught some passes finally towards the end of the season but not enough to justify that kind of money. From what I remember, they were not meaningful catches. Packers can get that productivity from their other tightends
    ———————————————————

    First off, Finley Broke a team record for receptions at the position established in the 80″s…Second, it’s not the same Money as Jennings, Finley gets 8.5 mil that’s it, Jennings wanted 18 mil guaranteed within the first three years.

    With a roster comprised of Jones, Nelson, jennings and Cobb, how many passes should he catch. There’s only one ball to play with people.

  59. frozentundrathunder says: Mar 26, 2013 11:49 AM

    So disappointing. Hopefully this is the last year for him, AJ and Crosby.

    We’re wasting Aaron Rodgers.

  60. jdhgopackgo says: Mar 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    Wow talk about a bunch of idiots on here. Remember when James Jones should have been cut and everybody laughed at GB for keeping him. Yeah how that work out? Same thing will happen with Jermichael this year. And Greg Jennings numbers will continue to decline even if he can stay on the field for a full season. Look at the teams(GB, Pitt, NYG) who are not very active in free agency and build through the draft and don’t over spend on past their prime free agnets, check out their records past few years and tell me who you would rather be? GB compared to MN? Pretty sure I’d take Ted’s decisions with the Div champs and Super Bowls. Same for NYG, Pitt, etc.

  61. lambeauandlombardi says: Mar 26, 2013 7:39 PM

    contra74 says:Mar 25, 2013 6:28 PM

    textexington says:Mar 25, 2013 5:10 PM

    Looks like the almighty 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers are poised to win their 14th. The Viqueefs will have to wait ATLEAST one more year before signing another one of Packers sloppy seconds. Packers still have the best QB in football. Guys will be back from injury and Thompson will draft a whole new group of All-Pros who won’t break the bank. Go Pack Go!!!

    LOL – you can say whatever you want to help you sleep better at night but nothing can justify the circus that is going on with signings and releases in GB right now. Keep pretending its all good sweetheart.
    ……………………………………………………………………..

    A Viking fan using the word circus to describe a team that has an occupied trophy case-PRICELESS.

  62. packerhater says: Mar 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    packerhater says:Mar 26, 2013 7:04 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:Mar 26, 2013 3:46 PM

    Some of the tougher people I’ve ever run into have been gay who made no secret of it. It takes guts to stand up to the prejudice they face.

    We’re all human and its time to stop discriminating against gays.

    Then we need to stop discriminating against drugies , those who have sex with animals , those who inbreed (packer fans know what im talking about) those who have multible sposes , after all they were all born that way.

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