Jermichael Finley could demand big money after this season. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Is Jermichael Finley headed out of Green Bay?

Interesting blog Friday by Bill Johnson at 540 AM ESPN in Milwaukee.

He says Jermichael Finley will be gone next year … outta Green Bay … no longer a Packer … playing for another team.


Well, his reasons are compelling …

First, if he stays healthy, he could have a monster year, as he was expected to do last year before hitting the shelf. That means as a free agent, he will command a price at which Ted Thompson will only shake his head. There’s no way the Packers will pay the kind of money he will want and earn, especially when the Packers already have a stable of horses ready to hit the track at that position. Why do you think Thompson drafted so heavily at the position?

Another example of Thompson looking two, three years down the road.

Second, if Finley gets injured again, he will be considered injury prone and though his free agent price will go down and the number of teams willing to take a shot with him will decline, he will still have takers … that is unless Thompson can get him for a bargain basement price.

So, either way, Finley has choices. Of course, the super potential he carries will be a selling card come free agency, but we all know Finley would love to stay healthy and be a part of an offense that could dominate next season.

His value to the Packers this season will be huge and he will probably have the breakout year everyone has been expecting. As for the Packers … they have to look at it like the glass half-full or half-empty. They can have an oft-injured superstar or they could have the player they thought he would be when drafted out of Texas.

My hope is that he lives up to his potential. He’s a class act who deserves every dime he makes now and the big payday that awaits him down the road.

Jermichael, just don’t sign with the Vikings, Lions or Bears, please.

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  • Tarynfor 12

    The signing or non signing of Finley is not just about production,injury concern,his ego or TTs own ego to allow any one player to dictate his payroll.

    Simply looking “Back to the Future” we have a CM3 who will earn $600,ooo this season and that future will end unless another zero is added ASAP.

    While all are clamoring for a repeat,doing so will also demand a spending to keep the futuristic A-Rods future in Green Bay.

    IMO,the most defining event that can occur having a severe implication to Finleys future in Green Bay will be the progress of Quarless and not the two TEs drafted this year.

    With the Packers being where they are in terms of salary cap,does anybody honestly feel that with the slashing that already needs to be done;Barnett,Tauscher and Grant contract wise,if only to keep them,TT will or even consider giving it to Finley at the risk of losing other future players.

    Finley needs to realize the bed in Green Bay is sweet and filled with reachable dreams.

    Hope he doesn’t look “Back to His Future” with regrets.

    • apackphan

      Tarynfor 12 …

      I agree … But we all know that championships are sweet, but so is making more money as quickly as they can. How much is enough? Is money sweeter than championships? I don’t know. I do know that Thompson is surely going to have to be creative to keep the core of players he’s going to need to build championship teams around.

  • yogamon

    @apackphan, I’m not ready to declare Finley a class act; I believe the jury is still out regarding this issue. Second, I wonder if our cap money could be better spent with our younger up and coming TE group, including the fact that Finley is probably going to be the only TE on the roster who doesn’t help out on special teams.