Did the Green Bay Packers Make a Mistake By Not Releasing Jermichael Finley?

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One of the biggest questions for the Green Bay Packers this offseason has been whether or not they should cut tight end Jermichael Finley considering the hefty price it would cost to keep him around for the 2013 season, but it appears the team is going to keep him around after all.

After weeks of going back and fourth, it appears the Packers are willing to pay Finley–including a $3 million roster bonus due on Tuesday–to keep him around for the 2013 season. There have been times over the last couple of years where Finley claimed to be one of the league’s top pass-catching tight ends, but that’s obviously been far from the case.

Even if Finley did record a career high 61 catches, his 667 receiving yards and two touchdowns were nothing to brag about compared to some of the league’s other pass-catching tight ends–which is why it’s surprising to see the Packers bringing him back for the 2013 season. It’s understandable Green Bay may want to hold on to Finley after losing one of their most reliable wide receivers in Greg Jennings to the Minnesota Vikings, but there’s no question the team will be overpaying him for his production.

Only time will tell when it comes to whether or not this decision by the Packers will backfire, but this does come as a bit of a surprise to see Finely coming back.

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