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Jermichael Finley is ready for the increased expectations that are sure to come with his increased salary.
The Green Bay Packers opted to pay their mercurial tight end a $3 million roster bonus rather than cut him by 4 p.m. EDT Monday afternoon. Though Finley swears he wasn't watching the clock, he took to Twitter shortly after the deadline passed, saying, ''Ecstatic 2 b back w (at)packers. Best place on earth.''
''It's a great opportunity to stay with a great organization and a great quarterback to move forward and win more championships,'' Finley told the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel. ''I'm ready to take my game to another level. Every player wants to achieve as much as possible. In my case, I want to get back to what I know and that's playing great football.''
The Packers have long been enamored with Finley's size - he's 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds - speed and strength. Not only is he a big target for Aaron Rodgers, but he draws multiple defenders and can block just about anyone. He set a Packers record for receptions by a tight end last season, finishing with 61 catches for 676 yards and two touchdowns.
But there were some who wondered if his inconsistency early in the season made him expendable. Finley dropped numerous balls and complained about his role in the offense.
''I really felt Jermichael Finley was a different man, a different player from the bye week on,'' coach Mike McCarthy said after the Packers lost to San Francisco in the playoffs. ''I feel very good about the way he finished the year. ... But we obviously have to look at the first half, too, and make sure that's part of the evaluation because we're all judged on 17 games.''
Despite his increased price tag - his salary this season will be $8.25 million - Finley's youth and potential convinced the Packers he was worth keeping. Green Bay also couldn't afford to let another big piece of their offense go, having already lost top receiver Greg Jennings to rival Minnesota and tight end Tom Crabtree to Tampa Bay.
''I love the expectations that I have to meet this year,'' Finley said. ''I have to make it happen.''
Finley, who turned 26 on Tuesday, told the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/YxN6Mf ) he learned from last year's up-and-down season. The approach he had in the second half of the season is the one he knows he'll need to have in the future.
''It's all about letting my play speak,'' he said. ''It's all about letting my ability do its job. That's what I'm going to do this year and I guarantee I'll be relaxed and be the player I know I can be.''
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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers have spoken with Jermichael Finley’s reps about his contract, but haven’t demanded that he takes a pay cut to remain on roster.
According to one source, the Packers’ brass did express that they’re uncomfortable with the tight end’s $8.25 million salary this year. The two sides have talked. And Monday, Finley’s future...
GREEN BAY, Wis. Tight end Jermichael Finley will still be with the Green Bay Packers for the 2013 season.
Finley was due to receive a 3 million roster bonus if still on the team by the end of Monday's NFL business hours. After the deadline passed, Finley announced on his Twitter account that he will remain in Green Bay for next season.
"Ecstatic 2 b back w the Packers...
We just reported that the Green Bay Packers are uncomfortable with tight end Jermichal Finley’s contract, but clearly they’re comfortable enough to pay him a $3 million roster bonus, since they didn’t release him before 4 PM eastern time today.
Finley announced on Twitter that he isn’t going anywhere, he’ll be playing for the Packers in 2013.
Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers...
The Green Bay Packers are hanging onto tight end Jermichael Finley.
The Packers had to cut the mercurial tight end before 4 p.m. EDT Monday to avoid paying a $3 million roster bonus. After the deadline passed, Finley said on Twitter, ''Ecstatic 2 b back w (at)packers. Best place on earth.''
Finley set a Packers record for receptions (61) by a tight end last season...
Ian Rapoport reports that Packers TE Jermichael Finley has a $3 million roster bonus due on Wednesday.
Rapoport mentions that he expects to see the Packers keep Finley, but believes Green Bay could still approach him regarding a pay cut.
Finley, 25, has an $8.25 million salary coming his way this season, which is also the final year of his current contract. Green Bay has some...
The Green Bay Packers made a surprise decision today. For weeks it had been assumed that the team would part ways with the their mercurial tight end.
NFL.com is reporting that the Packers paid Finley a $3 million roster bonus and the tight end will make $8.25 million this season.
Finley seemed ecstatic judging by his twitter post.
Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers. Best place on earth...
The tight end class of free agents for the 2013 offseason was deep even before the possibility of Jermichael Finley being released by the Green Bay Packers came up a few months ago. The class included talented pass catchers such as Jared Cook, Martellus Bennett, and Dustin Keller. Today Finley was due a $3 million roster bonus and the Packers let it pass without cutting the 5 year...