TE Jermichael Finely staying with Packers in 2013
The Green Bay Packers were supposed to make a roster decision regarding Jermichael Finely on Monday. The team made efforts to negotiate the second year of Jermichael Finely’s two-year contract with his agent, but they stuck with the original $8.25 million Finely was supposed to make in 2013. As the deadline passed by Jermichael Finely announced via twitter things have worked out so that he’s staying with the Green Bay Packers.
“Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers. Best place on earth,” wrote Jermichael Finley. “Thank u 2 my agents & family @blakebaratz @Jhart5266. I appreciate all that u do. #pack.”
Jermichael Finley will receive a $4.45 million base salary base salary in 2013 plus $800,000 in incentives and $3 million roster bonus that will be activated on Tuesday. He will become a free agent following the 2013 season.
Although the Seattle Seahawks could have saved money by releasing Jermichael Finley, it would have been a major blow to the offense, especially with the team losing wide receiver Greg Jennings this offseason. Greg Jennings signed with the Green Bay Packers’ divisional rival, Minnesota Vikings during free agency.
Keeping Jermichael Finley not only provides Aaron Rodgers with a key offensive target, but the Green Bay Packers couldn’t take the risk of releasing Jermichael Finely since they have no depth behind him. The Green Bay Packers let backup tight end Tom Crabtree walkaway this offseason and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moreover, also have health concerns with tight end Andrew Quarless who sat out the entire 2012 season with knee issues.
Initially the Green Bay Packers still seemed on the fence about Jermichael Finley following his early season drops and inconsistencies. But Jermichael Finley came around later in the season to finish with 61 receptions for 667 yards and two touchdowns while also serving as a decoy to draw attention away from other receivers.
"I really felt Jermichael Finley was a different man, a different player from the bye week on," said Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy in January of the marked improvement in Jermichael Finely’s performace as the season progressed. "There was a change in that young man… I feel very good about the way he finished the year.”
“But we obviously have to look at the first half, too, and make sure that's part of the evaluation because we're all judged on 17 games."
It looks like Jermichael Finley won over Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson and will now return sixth season with the Green Bay Packers, who selected the former Texas Longhorns tight end in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft.