Packers likely to trade or release Jermichael Finely
Although the Green Bay Packers and Jermichael Finley settled on a two-year, $14 million deal last season the 25-year-old will most likely not see out the last year of his contract, according to sources.
Troubled by Jermichael Finely’s performance issue and behavioral problems, the Green Bay Packers are actively looking for a trade partner ahead of the deadline. However, if they fail to complete a trade in that time frame, the Green Bay Packers will release Jermichael Finely since the team is unwilling to pay him the $3 million roster bonus in March.
Jermichael Finley’s had a hugely disappointing season, catching just 43 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns. The five-year NFL veteran Jermichael Finley posted career-highs 767 receiving yards (with 55 catches) and eight touchdowns last season. Despite his success last year, the Green Bay Packers are looking to cut ties with Jermichael Finley unless he drastically picks-up production in the last part of this season.
Throughout the season, Jermichael Finley has painted a poor picture of his possible future with the Green Bay Packers. From Jermichael Finley’s catastrophic route running and poor blocking to unforgivable drops, the Green Bay Packers seem to have finally had enough. And the Green Bay Packers are even lesser fans of the negative publicity drawn by Jermichael Finley’s public comments and his agent’s tweet which criticized quarterback Aaron Rodgers for not being a reliable leader.
The former 3rd round-pick Jermichael Finley, who was drafted out of Texas by the Green Bay Packers in 2007, again earned the spotlight after he slighted Brian Urlacher by saying that the Chicago Bears would do better without the Pro Bowler in Sunday’s game against his team.
The Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Just two days ago in a response to Jermichael Finley’s comments, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher questioned the tight end’s impact on the Green Bay Packers’ game.
"Just like a couple of years ago, I think, [Finley] tore his ACL,” said Brian Urlacher, “and the Packers were actually better without him."
If the Green Bay Packers eventually determine to cut Jermichael Finley, the team could promote Tom Carbtree or second-year tight end D.J. Williams to the starting spot. However, the Green Bay Packers could also be looking to draft a tight end in the top-to-mid rounds of the 2013 drafts if they release Jermichael Finley.