Monday, February 25, 2013
If Finley is released
By Tim Kavanagh
The Green Bay Packers still have TE Jermichel Finley under contract for another season -- at $4.45 million -- if they so desire; however, according to the Journal Sentinel, there is some dispute internally as to whether he will remain there to serve out the 2013 campaign.
According to the paper, the coaching staff is in favor of keeping him, but the front office wants to release him in order to have more cap room for new deals for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, as well as the potential for franchise-tagging WR Greg Jennings. If Finley is let go, he'd certainly have no trouble finding another team (though his salary may not be as high as it currently stands to be with the Packers).
One team to keep in mind in this hypothetical is the Chicago Bears. Vaughan McClure of the Chicago Tribune noted Monday morning that the Bears would likely get in line for Finley if he is let go. There has been a buzz all offseason that Chicago is looking to find themselves a legitimate receiving threat at TE, and despite his observed proclivity for occasional drops, Finley fits the bill.