A couple years ago, it looked like Finley was on the verge of becoming that one player who would draw the defense's attention because the Packers would use him as a receiver or a tight end and he was a match-up problem for both cornerbacks and linebackers. But last season he didn't look like a special player. Instead he was a decent blocker who contributed a little as a receiver; he was the No. 13 ranked TE according to Football Outsiders. He's a nice player to have around but not when he'll earn $8.25 million in 2013.
I didn't think a lot of Packer fans would be concerned about losing him this offseason, but it looks like I was wrong.
@jasonjwilde Getting similar reaction on this end. Overwhelming reaction is that fans want @jermichaelf88 back with the #Packers. We'll see.Neither TE D.J. Williams or TE Ryan Taylor did much in 2012 but I would expect their combined production in 2013 would be similar to Finley in 2012 if they replaced him next season. Or should the Packers keep Finley for 2013, no matter the financial cost?
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) February 8, 2013