Last season, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley was seeking a new contract which would pay him as an elite player at his position in the NFL. The problem is however, despite possessing all the physical tools, Finley has not lived up to the billing. Now it appears that the Packers are willing to part ways with the underachieving tight end. Finley and the Packers agreed to a two-year, $14 million dollar contract last season
Last season, Finley struggled with dropped balls after coming back from a knee injury. This season, Finley has been phased out of the Packers offense. Finley has just 464 receiving yards and only 2 touchdowns this season while the Packers have focused on utilizing the emergence of versatile WR Randall Cobb. not only does Cobb lead the Packers in receptions and yards, but he needs just 160 more all-purpose yards to become the team’s leading all-purpose player.
The Packers have 15 days to trade Finley after the start of the new league year, in March. Finley might be difficult to trade, given that the entire league realizes at this point that the Packers will not absorb his contract next season. Teams in need of a tight end might simply wait until he is released in order to make a free agent offer.
Finley always appeared to be on the verge of breaking out given his physical talent and the glimpses of his performances on the field. He seems to have fallen out of favor with QB Aaron Rodgers. In October of this season, Finley told reporters that he was struggling to find chemistry with Rodgers, but earlier in the year, his agent called Rodgers out.
Blake Baratz tweeted, “ARod is a great quarterback her isn’t a great leader. There is a major difference. Leaders take blame & make every1 better.” Nothing like stirring the pot at the start of a season and stellar representation for your client.
Another team will take a shot with Finley. He will be just 26 in March and perhaps in a new environment, can finally meet some of the expectations which have surrounded him for several seasons.