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. ...