The Green Bay Packers and tight end Jermichael Finley have had a rocky relationship over the last few seasons making his future with the team up in the air. Finley is a young athletic tight end that has all the physical attributes to be a star player, but has not been able to live up to his full potential yet.
This was Finley’s fifth season in the league which resulted in mixed results. He had a career-high in receptions with 61 and finished with 667 yards. His yards per game dropped to a career-low 41 yards per game and averaged 10.9 yards per catch. For the second straight year Finley was able to remain healthy for the entire season after having a season ending knee injury back in 2010.
Finley caused quite a stir this season after calling out the offense and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Finley noted that there were chemistry issues with the star quarterback and that Rodgers lacked trust in Finley. Even if this was true, it was something Finley should not have been saying to the media or to anyone in public. Rodgers has a plethora of receivers to throw to and Finley was one of Rodgers favorite targets. However, the past few seasons have been disappointments for Finley as he has had many dropped passes. With so many sure hands on the team, it would be hard for Rodgers to trust someone like Finley more than his other guys.
Also this season, Finley’s agent was quoted as saying Rodgers was a bad leader. This was another statement made that looks bad for Finley. These comments come across as selfish as he tries to put blame on everyone else for his lack of production. With all of the off the field comments and not living up to his potential, the Packers are contemplating releasing the young tight end this offseason. Finley has said himself that there is a 50/50 chance that he will be returning to the Packers in 2013.
Green Bay will most likely keep Finley though as they do not have anyone else on their roster who is ready to step up into the role of starting tight end. The Packers could always find a player in the draft, but with the amount of holes they have to fill already they don’t want to add one more. One thing is for sure, as Finley enters the prime of his career, he better step up his game or he won’t be a Packer for too much longer.
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