Jermichael Finley has been a favorite target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers these past few years, but the tight end hasn't garnered the respect from Packers fans - for various reasons. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jermichael Finley: Still getting no respect

 

Jermichael Finley, the Green Bay Packers starting tight end, drops a few balls, says he has no chemistry with his quarterback and then gets his agent involved in a social media attack on Aaron Rodgers and everyone goes crazy – and they should.

Clearly, his lack of respect over the past couple of years for his teammates has been a distraction for the team and something that’s not needed.

That said, all of Packers Nation was resented Finley for his high salary, lack of production, and his infantile behavior. I do, too.

Some may say that was last year. It’s time to move on.

But it seems it’s spilled over into 2013, Finley’s final season before he no doubt will enter the free agent market.

Today, the Green Bay Press Gazette announced the results of a survey they did asking voters to target the 2014 most-wanted unrestricted free agent who should be re-signed.

Here’s how the vote turned out:

• B.J. Raji – 57 percent

• James Jones – 19 percent

• Evan Dietrich-Smith 6 percent

• Jermichael Finley 4 percent

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has had nothing but good things to say about Finley and the Packers brass felt good enough about what he brings to the team to pay him his bonus and more than $8 million this season, though it’s for certain that this will be the last year he plays for the Green and Gold.

For me, that’s OK. If the Packers can get 600-800 yards out of the guy this year without the discretionary tweets, they will be doing OK. Given that Finley is bound for free agency no matter how he does this season, getting as much production out of him this year gives the team a top-notch tight end and the time to develop or draft someone to step into his spot.

It should be an interesting season. I hope for the best for the guy. He can help the Packers this season and at the same time help himself.

Either way, it doesn’t seem like he will garner the respect that he might deserve among Packers fans.

I say let’s just make this the best season we can with Finley and let the chips fall where they may.

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