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Report: Packers “uncomfortable” with Finley’s salary

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There’s been a lot of discussion about what the Packers plan to do with tight end Jermichael Finley since the middle of the regular season and we’ve reached a big moment in that decision.

Finley is due a $3 million roster bonus on the 15th day of the league year, which falls on Tuesday and that leaves the Packers short on time to make their call. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the team has expressed to Finley’s agent that they are “uncomfortable” with the tight end’s contract, but there’s no sign that there’s been an ultimatum regarding his spot on the roster.

Finley has a $4.45 million base salary for 2013 and will make $8.25 million overall, a big number for a player who was inconsistent in 2012. Finley’s agent suggested a pay cut would be a possibility, which makes sense with the market unlikely to give him that kind of salary. Staying with the Packers offense would seem to work to Finley’s benefit, but Green Bay could conceivably want more of a cut than Finley’s willing to give.

They’d have to replace Finley, though, and that’s not a sure thing at this point in free agency. That gives both sides reason to work out a way to remain together, which feels like the likeliest outcome at this point.

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41 Responses to “Report: Packers “uncomfortable” with Finley’s salary”
  1. contra74 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:29 PM

    Is making a contract statement with your QB the reason Finleys numbers are making you uncomfortable?

  2. thevelvetglove says: Mar 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    Quite possibly the most over-rated player in the NFL.

  3. tmhofficial says: Mar 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    I don’t like Finley, and I think with DJ Williams and Quarless waiting in the wings, GB would be fine. But at this point, the passing offense is their bread and butter, and you’re better off having that dynamic potential playmaker in Finley than not having him…

  4. kabasaman says: Mar 25, 2013 2:35 PM

    Packers are “uncomfortable” due to the fact they opened talks with Aaron Rodgers. They have to keep up with Flacco’s ridiculous pay. Nuts.

  5. tigerdactyl says: Mar 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    I guess that’s what happens when you don’t look beyond that first year of a contract. “Eh just backload it, we’ll worry about his cap number then” doesn’t seem to work out for anyone.

  6. ingraven says: Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    “Report: Packers “uncomfortable” with Finley’s salary” AKA we gotta cut him before 4 and bring him back for the low.

  7. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    Kind of like how Finley is “uncomfortable” actually catching the ball.

  8. nineroutsider says: Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    We didn’t they cut him then and keep Crabtree then?

  9. ccjcsr says: Mar 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    Uncomfortable because Witten makes a couple millions more than him per year yet is head and shoulders above his talent level!

  10. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    Cut Finley and draft eiffert from Notre dame.

  11. steelerben says: Mar 25, 2013 2:48 PM

    The reality of today’s NFL with the salary cap being what it is and with top tier players making what they do is that a team can only afford to pay one, possibly two top shelf talents. Everyone else is either going to end up cut in favor of a rookie on a wage scale or a veteran that knows it is better to make 3 million a year than it is to watch the games from home.

  12. mvp43 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM
    We didn’t they cut him then and keep Crabtree then?

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    Crabtree is a blocker and a gunner on special teams and thats about it. Finley has more upside if he could just get past himself and keep his mouth shut.

  13. jprcox says: Mar 25, 2013 2:50 PM

    $8m+ for Finley is nuts. I wish I had his agent negotiating my deals. That is very “un-Packer-ish” to overpay for someone like this. Hard to understand now why they would let Jennings go, and keep Finley only to now say he is too expensive…?

  14. purpleguy says: Mar 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    I wonder if that bonus/payment due date on the 15th day of the league year was negotiable, because if it was, Finley’s agents didn’t do him any favors triggering a date 2 weeks into FA when most of the money is spent. He really doesn’t have a practical choice but to take a pay cut.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    I wish I was just uncomfortable with his salary. But I’m uncomfortable with his play.

  16. nineroutsider says: Mar 25, 2013 2:54 PM

    @mvp43 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM
    We didn’t they cut him then and keep Crabtree then?

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    Crabtree is a blocker and a gunner on special teams and thats about it. Finley has more upside if he could just get past himself and keep his mouth shut.
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    In his only start at TE he went over 100 receiving yards and a TD, so playing with AR tends to prop up these guys a little. Finley makes plenty of bonehead mistakes, just like Crabtree would, except Crabtree isn’t arrogant and overpaid.

  17. dwarftosser says: Mar 25, 2013 2:57 PM

    Cutting Crabtree still confuses me, especially for the minimal amount of money he was asking for. He was far better at blocking than Finley and I would argue the offense was more effective with Crabtree in the lineup.

    I think at this point we need to pay Finley because there isn’t a backup plan anymore. Hopefully he comes out playing solid and the Packers can finally exploit some of the mismatches he should be creating. I think Finley’s attitude and work ethic has improved.. we’ll see if it shows up in his play this year.

  18. packattack1967 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    thevelvetglove says: Mar 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    Quite possibly the most over-rated player in the NFL.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Not by Packer Fans he’s not

  19. blackngold4life says: Mar 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    Damn..they fina lost Finley..Driver..and Jennings?? Superman is Nothing without his cape. My Steelers are in the same situation without Sanders and Wallace. Will the Packers give up that 3m roster bonus to keep him?

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    That’s pretty bad considering they, the Packers, are the ones that set this contract up and offered it to him. On behalf of the Packers I’m not comfortable with any of the top 53 contracts of significance. If a team is not in a great position to win a Super Bowl, then that makes all 53 liabilities quite a concern. This team needs to figure out a global solution that starts with figuring out what they even want to accomplish with this football franchise. What a mess of mngmt they have there.

  21. packfaninchitown says: Mar 25, 2013 3:24 PM

    He used to be worth that salary until he started dropping the ball all the time. Now he’s mostly hype.

  22. scoops1 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:24 PM

    packattack1967 says:Mar 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    thevelvetglove says: Mar 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    Quite possibly the most over-rated player in the NFL.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Not by Packer Fans he’s not
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    I’m a lifelong packers and I refuse to get a Finely Jersey. The guy doesn’t know when to shut up. He is a great talent when he wants to be or whenever he is playing against the bears. Quarless is a beast of a TE and a great blocker

  23. tsi431 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:27 PM

    Finley’s salary would of been just fine if he kept improving. But after his ACL tear he was never the same player. If Andrew Quarless was healthy, we would have traded Finley by now. Packer’s have plenty of cap space to keep a bad contract for one more year. More then likely, trade him before the deadline.

  24. frozeninfear says: Mar 25, 2013 3:27 PM

    Draft one of the top ranked guards and convert him to TE. GB has plenty of passing offense without big mouth Finley. We need blocking.

  25. calhounlambeau says: Mar 25, 2013 3:29 PM

    These people confused as to why we didn’t resign Crabtree need to actually watch Packer games. He’s a very marginal athlete, brought little to the passing game (except for that one lucky catch that put him over 100 yards), he was an atrocious run-blocker, marginal special teams player. He carried the least value of anyone on the offense, he wasn’t strong in any category (other than doing decent job of assisting our OT’s in pass protection). He wouldn’t have made our roster and may not even make the Buccaneers roster. Crabtree is ugly, energenic/tough and fans love him because they can relate to him, so they come up with creative ways to think better of him, “Great special teamer and blocker!” He wasn’t. Just a tough kid who barely made the roster.

  26. mvp43 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:33 PM

    @mvp43 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM
    We didn’t they cut him then and keep Crabtree then?

    —————————————

    Crabtree is a blocker and a gunner on special teams and thats about it. Finley has more upside if he could just get past himself and keep his mouth shut.
    ————————————————
    In his only start at TE he went over 100 receiving yards and a TD, so playing with AR tends to prop up these guys a little. Finley makes plenty of bonehead mistakes, just like Crabtree would, except Crabtree isn’t arrogant and overpaid.
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    I don’t disagree with anything you said here, but in the big picture, the Packers face a ton of cover 2 and the best way to break that is with a middle field threat……. and that’s Finiley. Like him or not, he needs to be accounted for by the defense. Now, 8.25 mil may be too much for that luxury, but AR is one of the top QB’s, and you want to give him as many weapons as you can, considering he has no running game. I don’t know, I would say if Finley takes a salary cut- keep him, and if he won’t- cut him.

  27. dkrause71 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:34 PM

    Cutting Crabtree still confuses me, especially for the minimal amount of money he was asking for. He was far better at blocking than Finley and I would argue the offense was more effective with Crabtree in the lineup.

    I think at this point we need to pay Finley because there isn’t a backup plan anymore. Hopefully he comes out playing solid and the Packers can finally exploit some of the mismatches he should be creating. I think Finley’s attitude and work ethic has improved.. we’ll see if it shows up in his play this year.
    ———————————————
    He wasn’t cut. Packers gambled with a low tender and Tampa beat it.

  28. shlort says: Mar 25, 2013 3:40 PM

    Here is an idea. Knock 100 grand off his 2013 total salary for evey ball he dropped last season. That should cut is salary in half.

    Finley is not worth anywhere near 8 million a season. He is worth about 2 million plus incentives. That is how you get a clown like that to put in effort and catch some balls.

    If I were running that show, I’d have cut Finley when he said he wasn’t interested in taking a pay cut. He would be lucky to get between 2 and 3 million on the open market. Then he would get cut after one season because he won’t have Rodgers hitting him right in the hands every time. He drops a lot of well thrown balls and refiuses to reach for passes.

  29. dangernearing says: Mar 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    Well, he’s less over-rated than his QB thats for sure.

  30. dwarftosser says: Mar 25, 2013 3:47 PM

    He wasn’t cut. Packers gambled with a low tender and Tampa beat it.

    Semantics..

  31. deltaoracle says: Mar 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    If they make him a reduced but “fair” offer I think he’ll take it. Teams that had a lot of money to spend on free agents have pretty much spent it. Doubt that anyone has a lot of $ to throw at a guy who is still mostly getting by on “potential.” They brought Hawk’s salary down to a more reasonable level and I think they’ll do the same to Finley. (Assuming his agent makes him see how the picture looks.) Pack could get a good TE in the draft, but their picks would be better spent on several other positions.

  32. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Mar 25, 2013 3:56 PM

    tigerdactyl says: Mar 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    I guess that’s what happens when you don’t look beyond that first year of a contract. “Eh just backload it, we’ll worry about his cap number then” doesn’t seem to work out for anyone.
    ——————-
    The contract wasn’t even really back loaded by more than 750k. It was a 2 year deal for around $15 million.

  33. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Mar 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    dkrause71 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:34 PM
    He wasn’t cut. Packers gambled with a low tender and Tampa beat it.
    ————
    The Packers didn’t even give him a tender, so there was nothing to beat.

  34. scoops1 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    I rather have Keith Jackson or BuBba Franks wearing #88

  35. dkrause71 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:02 PM

    He wasn’t cut. Packers gambled with a low tender and Tampa beat it.
    ————
    The Packers didn’t even give him a tender, so there was nothing to beat.
    ———————————-
    My mistake then. I thought they placed the 1.3M tender on him.

  36. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 25, 2013 4:03 PM

    They’re uncomfortable with Finley’s salary like a person would be uncomfortable sitting on a bicycle with no seat.

  37. Canned Heat says: Mar 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    dangernearing says: Mar 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    Well, he’s less over-rated than his QB thats for sure.
    ________________________________

    Yeah, because being the top rated passer of all time in your first 6 years is overrated. Look toward a guy like Flacco who hands the ball off like 65% of the time and you’ll see over rated.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    jprcox says: Mar 25, 2013 2:50 PM

    $8m+ for Finley is nuts. I wish I had his agent negotiating my deals. That is very “un-Packer-ish” to overpay for someone like this. Hard to understand now why they would let Jennings go, and keep Finley only to now say he is too expensive…?
    _________________________________

    Because there isn’t another Finley out there and there’s about 4 more Jennings’ on the roster already…and those 4 aren’t old or injury prone like Jennings. It’s been beaten and talked about to death, but you aren’t listening….NO ONE other then MN and GB offered Jennings even a cup of coffee. MN overpaid like MN does. Now watch Jones, Nelson and Cobb get all attention while a new phenom or 2 from Ted’s tank will take the world by storm.

  38. landof10000lakes says: Mar 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    @contra, rickspielmanisamagician

    We hate when packer trolls troll on Viking stories, maybe we shouldn’t troll on their stories… Just a thought

  39. whatjusthapped says: Mar 25, 2013 4:17 PM

    I would re-write his contract and offer to give him the full $8 mil if he could keep his mouth shut for the entire 2013 season. He will never earn that money so its a win-win, he doesn’t get his money and the fans can listen to him knowing that he has paid a price for his stupidity.

  40. landof10000lakes says: Mar 25, 2013 4:26 PM

    Although, @Rickspielmanisamagician, good one.

  41. axespray says: Mar 25, 2013 9:03 PM

    Keeping Finley – Letting Crabtree/Driver/Greg go might be a good thing…

    Rodgers has been so focused on spreading it around so everyone gets a piece – now he can kind of just lock on and focus on 1 or 4 guys instead of 7.

    Plus, Finley is sort of like a runningback – needs a few carries til he gets going….Finley needs a few catches til he gets going…

    He’s still way overpaid thou…. Could’ve got Jared Cook for this much.

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