The Green Bay Packers have a dilemma on their hands, allow Jermichael Finley to play out his contract and make $8.75 million this season, try to restructure his deal so it’s more cap friendly or cut the outspoken tight end loose.
If you let Finley go, he could take that untapped potential and expound into a true all-pro somewhere else. If you pay him, he could be the up and down player he’s always been and if you restructure his deal, he may not like it an simply pass and demand to be cut loose.
Most fans want to see Finley take less to remain a Green Bay Packer out of loyalty.
I’m sure Mike McCarthy wants to keep the versatile tight end because he can play the slot, wide out as well as the tight end position thus remaining a match-up nightmare for most teams.
Let me fill you in on something; Finley doesn’t have to restructure or take a pay cut if he doesn’t want to and the reason why? Because, even though Finley’s got a mouth that seems to over shoot his performance, even though he doesn’t run crisp routes, even though is isn’t the best blocking tight end on the Packers roster….all of that said, he’s still one of the most talented players at his position and there will be at least 3 to 4 teams bidding for his services on the open market.
Finley can make in free agency what he’s currently due in Green Bay so why would you take a pay cut?
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water here, for what Finley says off the field, he has the potential to make up, and then some, on the field and teams are willing to pay for the maturity and productivity.
Think about it, if Finley ever develops into the player he’s supposed to be, he’s a quiet prayer in a candlelit church compared to what the Patriots are dealing with in Gronkowski.