Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley is gifted with some remarkable athletic ability, but he seems to consistently underachieve. If Finley disappoints this season, could the Packers decide to cut ties with the tight end after this season? It’s very possible according to Pro Football Weekly.
In their “Whispers” section, the website explains that despite the fact the Packers extended Finley this offseason, the Packers could still decide to go another direction with the tight end after the season. Finley returned to the season last year after recovering from a knee injury. Despite scoring eight touchdowns last season, Finley struggled with drops.
Finley was extended with a two-year $14 million dollar contract this offseason, but he is due a nearly $4.5 million dollar bonus after the start of the 2013 calendar year. Finley has been mentioned as the next budding tight end in certain circles, and it’s likely that he is seeking a long term contract on par with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and Saints Jimmy Graham, but he is not putting up their types of numbers.
In three games this year, Finley has 15 receptions after 22 targets for just 133 yards and one score. That’s a 8.9 yards per reception average. In March of next year, Finley will turn 26, an age where he should be coming into his prime. Green Bay could be tiring of hearing about Finley’s potential without seeing the results on the field on a consistent basis.