The Green Bay Packers may not slap tight end Jermichael Finley with the franchise tag by Monday, according to multiple sources. While the talent is clearly there, the drops are always going to be in the back of the minds of the Packers’ personnel decision makers.
If the Packers were to franchise Finley, he would be paid $5.5 million for the 2012 NFL season, which is a bargain considering it would make him just the 11th highest paid player at his position. Considering players including Zach Miller, Mercedes Lewis, Heath Miller, Kellen Winslow, Greg Olsen and Owen Daniels all earn more than that, tagging Finley seems like an obvious decision for Green Bay.
But Tom Silvertstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that tagging Finley could cause problems for everyone involved.
“Whatever you think of Finley, there’s no question he’s worth more than $5.5 million per year, especially when you consider salaries will skyrocket in 2013 when the new television contracts kick in...