Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley still has physical presence in Packers locker room


It appears the Green Bay Packers still haven’t given up on Jermichael Finley … not only has the team preserved his locker in the team’s facilities, but head coach Mike McCarthy has continued to be the tight end’s biggest cheerleader – with Ted Thompson not far behind.

Rob Demovsky reported this in a morning post:

The Green Bay Packers have given away the lockers that formerly belonged to defensive linemen Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett, but another one of their unsigned free agents, tight end Jermichael Finley, still has his place in the team’s locker room at Lambeau Field.

Nobody’s quite sure what that all means, but recent comments by McCarthy this past week leave one wondering about the future of Finley … as well as Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett.

Not much has been said about the two defensive linemen, leaving one to think that the Packers have moved on. Aside from the “We hope Johnny Jolly is healthy” comments from Ted Thompson and McCarthy, there has been no reported efforts to re-sign either Jolly of Pickett – the two elder statesmen on the Packers’ defense.

The Packers also drafted defensive tackle Kyhri Thornton and have brought in free agent linemen to compete, so whether the Packers have the patience or want to distribute the money to bring back Jolly and Pickett remains up in the air.

But as for Finley, he’s still coveted in Green Bay. However, with the drafting of tight end Richard Rodgers and their bringing in of free agents Justin Perillo, Mike Ariguzo and Colt Lyerla, one has to think they are trying to be proactive and are ready to build the team without Finley.

And with four tight ends already in-house, Finley’s presence is problematic at this point.

It’s probably wishful thinking on the part of McCarthy that Finley will ever be cleared to play. And if he is, who’s to say he won’t be lured west by the Seahawks?

Things are changing quickly in Green Bay. New names, new numbers. And though Finley’s locker is still standing, one has to wonder just how long that will be the case.

On another note, it was announced this morning that Packers fan favorite and former team tight end Tom Crabtree was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaaneers. Will the Packers have any interest?

 


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