Packers face important decision on Jermichael Finley's future

Jamie Squire

Green Bay has a decision to make today regarding Jermichael Finley. If they leave him on the roster, he'll be getting a nice paycheck tomorrow.

Jermichael Finley has a roster bonus coming his way soon if the Packers choose to keep his status quo. Green Bay has until 4 p.m. today to release Finley. If he stays on past the deadline, he will receive an additional $3 million tomorrow.

The offseason began with rumors surrounding Finley's future with the team. Although the tight end publicly stated he wanted to remain with the team "forever," his contract continues to strain the salary cap in Green Bay. Finley is set to make $4.5 million in base salary for 2013. Along with the roster bonus, that's not exactly an appealing paycheck for the Packers to give a player with just two touchdowns last season.

With Greg Jennings and Tom Crabtree out of the picture, Finley's value to the Packers offense increases considerably. He did manage 61 receptions in 2012. Green Bay isn't devoid of playmakers, but Finley can still make a solid impact in the passing game.

Would he be willing to take a pay cut? No, that's not a route Finley wants to take. He made it clear restructuring an agreeable deal for both sides could be in the cards, but the whole pay cut thing isn't his game.

Restructuring makes sense, but the Packers may not want to keep Finley around past 2013. Hitting the open market wouldn't be beneficial for Finley's finances. Reports of the tight end being selfish and having a poor work ethic, not to mention his inconsistent play, hurt his value.

The Packers are not open about their intentions. We haven't seen any recent developments with Finley. They may choose to deal with his lofty cap hit for 2013. Don't expect the same type of contract for him next offseason, though.

We'll see what Green Bay chooses to do this afternoon. Cutting Finley creates an immediate need in the offense. Fred Davis may be the only free agent left who could provide the same production right away. There aren't many alternatives.

More from SB Nation:

This is how Percy Harvin will help the Seahawks

Elvis Dumervil signs with Ravens

The best NFL touchdowns of 2012

Don't call Vince Wilfork's wife ugly

NFL Mock Draft: SB Nation bloggers are on the clock

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.