Green Bay Packers Should Let Jermichael Finley Walk

By Devin O'Barr
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

I wasn’t a fan of the contract that the Green Bay Packers gave Jermichael Finley last offseason and I think the organization is better off letting him go this year. Finley burst onto the scene with his 6-foot-4 frame being the ideal match for Aaron Rodgers‘ uncanny ability to put the ball in the tightest spots, but it’s time for both parties to move on.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson has a decision to make on the status of Finley, who agreed to a two-year extension last year worth $14 million. Now, the team is thinking about severing ties with the tight end before they’re forced to pay him a $3 million roster bonus on March 27. I think the team would benefit from sending Finley on his merry way, especially with the budding stars that the Packers have on the offensive side of the ball.

Last season, Randall Cobb had a fantastic rookie campaign making both Greg Jennings and Finley looks rather dispensable given the continued success of Jordy Nelson and a banner year from James Jones.

To give Finley the money that he is owed seems like overkill to me as Rodgers has weapons across the field and hit 10 different targets in the first round of the playoffs versus the Minnesota Vikings in what was a great display of offense. At 25 years old, it’s strange to say that the tight end has run his course in Green Bay, but I think his tenure as a Packer is coming to a close.

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