Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Packers' plans at TE
By Tom Carpenter
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora took a long look at which players he thinks will be tossed aside by their current teams this offseason due to salary-cap issues. Among the myriad players he listed is Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who is owed $4.4 million in base salary and a $3 million roster bonus.
"At some point Aaron Rodgers is going to get a contract in line with how exceptional he is," La Canfora wrote. "Finley has proven to be a controversial figure and this team finds pass catchers in all regions of the draft. League sources expect Finley to be elsewhere."
We can count the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers amongst the teams that could use a bump in tight end production, but time will tell how much those teams would be willing to pony up for a guy who has yet to turn his talent into reliable production.
As for the Packers, ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. thinks they may end up targeting a replacement for Finley in the first round of the draft:
Mel Kiper Jr.Mock Draft 1.0
"The Packers have had a tight end in Jermichael Finley who can cause matchup problems in the secondary, but with his long-term future in Green Bay in doubt, they might be ready to target another high-level pass-catching tight end in [Stanford's Zach] Ertz. In Stanford's system Ertz has shown an ability to make tough catches all over the field, both down the seam and on the edges, and would be an ideal target for Aaron Rodgers to utilize, further diversifying an offense that can be unstoppable."