Friday, February 08, 2013

Packer Fans Want Jermichael Finley To Return In 2013

After an unimpressive 2012 season, I've been thinking that either TE Jermichael Finley is going to be asked to take a big pay cut or he won't return to the Green Bay Packers.

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.
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?

1 comment:

NorthStarr said...

One of J-Mike's upsides always has been the attention that he draws from the other receivers, due solely to his potential that he so often doesn't realize, yet sometimes does.

With Jennings gone, we absolutely need that from him this year, at least.